Schools & Business

The Black Country LEP recognises the importance of business engagement with schools.

The world of work and business is changing at an incredible pace with new technology defining many job roles that previously never existed and other roles disappearing all together.  Enabling businesses to work alongside and with schools helps to ensure that both teachers and pupils have a better understanding of current and future job roles across the full range of sectors in the Black Country supported by a range of supporting resources (link to School Resources)

The Black Country Skills Factory works to link Business and Senior schools in the delivery of two programmes co-funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company.  These two programmes look to improve the careers provision in school by accelerating the achievement of the 8 Gatsby benchmarks (what ‘good’ looks like in Careers Education in Schools).

Business can engage with schools in the Black Country in a huge variety of different ways either through the two programmes or businesses can “Open their Doors” to local schools through the Opening Doors Project.

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Schools engagement is a vital strand to the Skills Factory project

Under the following 3 aims, the Skills Factory aims to change young peoples and employers perceptions of the workplace.

1. We aim to increase the number of encounters young people have with the world of work

2. We strive to enhance a young persons employability

3. We will provide schools with local labour market information to support curriculum delivery and development



Careers and Enterprise Company Enterprise Adviser Programme

The Black Country Skills Factory is also working with The Careers & Enterprise Company to manage the roll out of a national initiative - a network of Enterprise Advisers across the Black Country. 

Enterprise Advisers are volunteers from the world of work who will work directly with school and college leaders to bridge the gap between the worlds of work and employment, ensuring young people get the right careers advice.

The project will be delivered from September 2015 through to September 2020. Learn more about this programme here.