Call to make school engagement a top priority


In partnership with the Careers Enterprise Company, EEF has launched a new guide showing Britain’s manufacturers how to engage with schools effectively to boost the number of talented young people entering the sector as a career.

Some of the UK’s largest companies are also helping schools improve their careers advice provision, working with teachers to show young people all that is on offer in the world of work.

The guide details how some of the UK’s most successful companies bring their expertise into schools offering placements and mentoring schemes, helping to bring to life STEM subjects alongside practical engineering experience.

Workplace visits and job shadowing are also effective tools for aspiration raising as are speaking directly to parents about the opportunities available in manufacturing and engineering. Research has shown that the UK’s mums and dads do not realise that manufacturing is in fact one of the highest paid sectors for new employees but the perception amongst the public is that it is one of the lower paid professions.

EEF Education and Skills Policy Adviser, Bhavina Bharkhada said: “Effective and consistent engagement with schools is vital if we are boost the number of young people entering the manufacturing industry.

“Manufacturers across the UK are already engaging with, including offering quality work experience opportunities, placements, school vests and site tours.  However, there is a bigger role that manufacturers can play in improving careers provision and this guide provides top tips on how to do this successfully. “


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