Business involvement in education – do you know where to start?

When people from business and industry want to get involved in supporting schools and colleges, or when a company or professional body wants to get a feel for the current business engagement landscape in Scotland, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

In the days of the Scottish Government’s Determined to Succeed team, and before that when Education Business Partnerships were in place across the country, the route to find out was much clearer. And who else remembers even further back when the CBI’s Understanding British Industry team was the source of all knowledge?

There are still plenty of people who can provide this information today – if you know where to look…

AJ Enterprises was recently asked by ICAEW Scotland to help inform their Scotland Strategy Board about some of the key organisations and projects currently active in schools and colleges, especially those relevant to the world of accounting and finance. Although a number of ICAEW members are already involved in supporting education, including those who are currently acting as business advisers on the StartUp Britain Bus, the Strategy Board wanted to get a broader picture of activities.

We produced a brief paper summarising the key initiatives, focusing on programmes in which volunteers work with young people and their teachers as mentors or advisers. The paper was found useful in informing their discussions.

If you would like to receive a copy of the paper, or would like information specific to a different business sector, get in touch with [email protected]

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