We read of reports asking for a better prepared workforce and that school leavers need more support to help them make the transition from school to the world of work.

Minsthorpe Community College is seeking to form business partnerships to bridge this gap and support our students in gaining the skills they- and businesses- need for the world of work.

We are always on the lookout for employers who have ideas to support our students – we currently have deep, reciprocal links with Next PLC, Production Park, Coca-Cola and The Ice Company. Last year we planned a careers fair with Next for our Year 9 students, where we looked at the different job roles that Next offer. Our students then took part in a variety of activity workshops, developing key skills such as problem solving and team work. We are currently planning a few more activities with Next and a group of our students are designing the front page of their summer magazine.

We are also currently planning an activity with the Production Park for April 2018 where a group of our students will be looking at the site as a commercial venue before performing live there. Part of the day will also feature a Careers fair advertising Live Industries.

How can a School/Business partnership support Minsthorpe Community College?

  • Bring real life Careers context into the classroom;
  • Bring a better understanding of Labour and Careers Market Information;
  • Develop students’ skills;
  • Develop teachers knowledge of other careers through interacting with employers;
  • Reduce barriers for SEND, vulnerable & disadvantaged students;
  • Enhance academic learning across the curriculum, providing a deeper insight and understanding of the subject;
  • Improves motivation by supporting students to see the relevance of their learning

How can a School/Business partnership support local employers?

  • Allow you to identify, shape and develop your next generation of workers;
  • Give young people an idea of the variety of job and career opportunities that your business can provide;
  • Use college activities to enhance and develop the transferable skills of your own staff (e.g. organising, developing, leading, presenting);
  • Involve students in real-time, real-world activities that could benefit your business;
  • Test out/ trial new products/services aimed at young consumers by creating focus groups in the college;
  • Gain positive PR for your business

If you would like to help develop the employability skills of our students as well as giving them an awareness of career roles, then please contact Tim Dowey at tdowey@minsthorpe.cc.

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