BITC and Black Country Consortium win Careers & Enterprise Company Award

Business in the Community’s Education team, together with their partners in the Black Country Consortium, have won the Careers & Enterprise Company’s West Midlands Region Award for their Passport to Employment project which is being delivered to students across the Black Country. The accolade was awarded at the national ‘Join the Dots’ Conference in Sheffield.

Business in the Community is one of five partners within the Black Country Consortium. This first-time collaboration is facilitating business engagement to deliver the Passport to Employment project which aims to inspire and raise career aspirations of young people in schools in the Black Country and support teachers through raising awareness of the local labour market and the opportunities available for their students.

The programme focuses on the five key career growth sectors in the Black Country: Transport Technologies, Building Technologies, Business Services, Environmental Technologies and Advanced Manufacturing. Delivery has been underway since September 2016 with an aspiration to reach 2000 young people and 45 teachers across 16 schools by September 2017.

Local employers have enthusiastically supported the programme including Business in the Community’s member companies such as AF Blakemore, Jaguar Land Rover, Lloyds and Severn Trent Water and other larger employers such as HS Marstons and Moog. Schools have embraced the opportunity to work with local employers and value the difference it can make for their students.“These role models are what help our students mould a picture of their own futures,” commented Jeremy Douglas-Jones, Teacher, Grace Academy

The legacy for the programme will be the development of a series of employer led assignments aligned to relevant curriculum topics and a guide for schools on the best practice when working with employers. Both of these resources will be available for businesses and schools across the country to use and scale up activity.

The programme is being funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company.