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Industry Champions: working in partnership with East Sussex schools - guidance for employers

Aims

Thank you for taking the first step towards working with your local school or college. Working with children is hugely rewarding. Your role in working with young people will provide many benefits, including:

  • broadening horizons through real encounters with employers and local businesses
  • raising aspirations of all young people by linking the workplace to learning in school
  • identifying a range of essential employability skills and useful strategies to help children develop them
  • supporting schools with engaging parents in raising aspirations and highlighting the value of regular attendance at school
  • challenging gender stereotypes and socio-economic bias which can act as barriers to equality and ambition
  • establishing self-sustaining and long-lasting partnerships with schools and business
  • establishing and enhancing the reputation of your business in the wider local community
  • supporting recruitment security and longevity through work experience, apprenticeships and future employment.

Safeguarding

This guidance is designed to keep you, children and young people safe, so please follow the guidelines below.

  • Read and sign the code of conduct and return to the Enterprise Coordinator. 
  • Bring photo ID to the school.
  • Sign the visitor register when you arrive and leave.
  • Know the name of your contact at the school for when you arrive.
  • Remember, you must be supervised by a school member of staff throughout the visit.
  • Use appropriate language and avoid physical contact with pupils at all times.
  • Be aware of cultural sensitivities or religious views and ensure no discrimination through gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, age, disability, sexual identity, or background.
  • Be familiar with the school's safeguarding information.
  • Should any child disclose any information which gives you concern for their safety or wellbeing, report this to a member of staff immediately.
  • Use designated staff toilets and changing facilities.
  • Liaise with the school staff about any students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and be aware that there may be children you need to consider.
  • Ensure any visits from students to your workplace are fully risk assessed (see separate guidance). In preparing for workplace visits, a preliminary session in the school can be useful.

For a copy of the code of conduct and other guidance, please contact the Enterprise Coordinator.

Email: Enterprise Coordinator


Top tips

  • Be well prepared. Ensure you liaise with schools in advance.
  • Keep your language simple: avoid using acronyms and jargon.
  • If preparing an activity, keep it age-appropriate and link to the curriculum if you can, and provide an overview for the school in advance.
  • Activities should be varied, short and interactive where possible.
  • When talking about your career, talk about the skills needed and the range of opportunities in the sector.
  • Secondary Careers Guidance Advisers are trained to provide the latest information on pathways into careers, so do refer students to them for further advice.
  • Don't feel you have to answer every question from children, particularly if too personal.
  • Remember, you are not responsible for the young people, including discipline. Let school staff guide you through any such issues.
  • Listen to feedback from pupils and schools to improve future sessions.