RBWeek16: BITC Business Class With North Bromsgrove High School
It’s Business In The Community’s Responsible Business Week and all week long we are talking about what it means to be a responsible business as well as sharing some of our CSR highlights to date. In this blog we talk about our involvement in BITC’s Business Class programme as part of our wider community initiatives.
Encouraging young people into engineering, developing STEM Skills, and providing work placements for young people are high on our agenda.
To help make a greater and more structured impact we are proud members of the BITC Business Class Programme supporting North Bromsgrove High School providing strategic support and a collaborative action programme.
We are now entering our third year in partnership with the school working across four key areas. These are; Leadership and Governance, The Curriculum Enterprise and Employability and Wider Issues.
What Is ‘Business Class’?
Business Class is Business In The Community’s flagship education programme and aims to develop effective and mutually beneficial partnerships between schools and businesses.
It has been said that repeated, in-depth engagement between employers and students can help prevent social background predicting a young person’s success at school and beyond.
To be part of something as far-reaching and impacting as Business Class is extremely rewarding for adi Group especially as it gives us (and many other businesses) the chance to make big differences to the lives of school students. But it’s not just students that benefit, employee engagement within the programme helps develop our own staff as mentors as they share their own journey’s and experience with students.
Over 450 secondary schools have been involved in Business Class, supported by 1,000 businesses (33% of whom are SMEs), impacting on 140,000 young people across the UK. Learn more about the programme and how you can get involved here.
Our Involvement – An “Inspirational” Partnership
Over time our involvement with the school has increased and Tina Lusty (adi Group Secretary) now sits on the School Governor’s Board giving us a closer link and involvement with the school.
At the tail end of 2015, it was a huge honour to be invited to the CBI West Midlands Education and Skills Conference as part of the panel to talk about our partnership with North Bromsgrove. Our partnership was highlighted as an exemplary practical example of where a school and company are working together to develop pupils and their skill-sets.
David Hadley-Pryce (Headteacher at North Bromsgrove High School) comments;
Our partnership with the adi Group, now in its third year, is critical to our development in preparing young people for a successful future. The insight we have gained into the importance of contact with employers at an early stage of students’ education is now inspiring much of our future planning and the partnership is at the core of the school’s transformation.
We look forward to our continued involvement with North Bromsgrove High School this year with lots of exciting plans in the works. Keep checking back for future updates!BACK TO ARTICLES