As part of a UK, Business in the Community programme to introduce business leaders to social issues, our CEO, Don Robert became involved in a newly created, government backed initiative, The Education and Employers Taskforce.
As a trustee alongside the chairmen and senior executives of organisations such as WPP, Rolls Royce, the Wellcome Trust, Home Retail Group and HSBC, Don provides insight to issues from an employer's perspective and offers business support to solve problems and create solutions.
The Taskforce exists to ensure that every school and college has an effective partnership with employers. The aim is for these partnerships to provide young people with the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential and, ultimately, contribute to national prosperity.
Nick Chambers, TaskForce Director told us "We have a fantastic team of people from all walks of employment and education involved in this Taskforce. I have been bowled over by their level of engagement and the generosity of their in-kind support."
A recent initiative has involved Experian's research experts from our pH group, working with Ordnance Survey to create a national map of school partnership. The map shows the location of schools in relation to businesses with over 200 employees and indicates where active partnerships exist. The insight Experian provides shows not only the location and size of the businesses but also their potential and tendency to support partnership working with schools.
pH Client Director, Max Firth commented: "This is a great opportunity to help schools actively get local businesses engaged, with a benefit to both parties. Where we can add value is by separating the wheat from the chaff: differentiating between the majority of companies that may not have the resource or desire to be involved and identifying instead the much smaller, and more manageable population, that will provide a more receptive audience to the schools."
A major TaskForce initiated project in the autumn will see business leaders visiting schools across the country, in various capacities, to open the doors to new partnerships and Experian will be supporting this project wholeheartedly. For more information about the Education Employers Taskforce visit www.educationandemployers.org