The Employability Chartermark offers business organisations recognitions for the work they are already doing with education organisations and community programmes to support the employability skills of young people. Employers can engage at a level to suit their capacity to support the following types of activities:
- Local work placement and employment opportunities including work experience placements across age groups and time
- Careers education and information
- Developing own employees
- Offer support for activities such as mock interviews and interview techniques
What are the benefits to businesses?
Business and employer organizations can develop staff competences in coaching, influencing, presentation and negotiation skills, as well as support curriculum development, engage with the local community and identify emerging talent. What’s more, supporting staff in volunteering activities can have a positive effect on staff retention, motivation and recruitment as well as business reputation
How flexible is the input from businesses?
Very. We want educational establishments to get businesses involved in areas which they are interested and passionate about. For example one organisation might be keen to improve young people’s telephone or interpersonal skills whilst another might feel strongly about developing finance and maths skills in the workplace. Everyone will have a view on what they think would help make young people more employable. The Employability Chartermark is throwing down the gauntlet to businesses to get involved in a way that educational establishments and businesses believe will make a difference.
What sort of commitment is needed from businesses?
Businesses need to offer both time and quality to ensure that activities have impact but some activities might utilise existing programmes you already have in place. If business also want to be recognised as a Employability Chartermark partner then we would expect activity to be regular and across all levels of the educational organisation (strategic and operational).