Engaging with Employers

Many employers are keen to engage with schools and colleges - as they are the source of their future employees.

Larger businesses may be better resourced to host work experience and placements, whilst smaller businesses may prefer less intense engagement - for example contributing to an assembly or speaking to a form group.

Key things to consider when approaching a business are:

  • Will the engagement opportunity meet a need for the business as well as the school? (e.g. increased local profile, increased awareness of future recruits)
  • Find out what you can about the organisation. Do they have a range of operational functions? (e.g. manufacturing, customer service, sales, IT).
  • For workplace visits, including work experience placements- is the environment appropriate for a visit, are there realistic tasks for a student?
  • Is the employer able to provide brief input, or might they want to develop a longer term relationship with a subject area linked to their industry sector?
  • Consider who is the best person to approach. Call and confirm the full name, preferred contact details and best time to contact. With smaller organisations, the manager usually is the best contact. Whereas larger, more complex organisations may have a development, HR or training department for you to speak to.

Contact us for information on the Somerset Work experience database, or search our opportunity directory for work-related learning opportunities – including employer engagements.

For more information on engaging with employers, read the Career Development Institute’s (CDI) tool kit for managing employer activities in schools and colleges.

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