'Investment in the Workforce' was one the key messages from Wolverhampton Business Week in the Autumn.

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In response to this the city's businesses have expressed a desire to forge stronger links with schools to further support the range of services already available to employers and schools across the City:

Wolverhampton Education Business Partnership (EBP)

The Wolverhampton EBP engages the support of local employers to develop the skills of young learners in readiness for working life by facilitating a variety of activities in 5 key areas:

  • work experience - block placements (1 or 2 weeks) and extended placements (1 or more days per week across a term or more) are available
  • professional development placements - these placements support the continuing professional development of teachers and aim to help teachers relate their subject area to the 'world of work' and bring the curriculum to life with the support of local companies
  • enterprise and creativity - the EBP can provide programmes and individual activity to support the delivery of enterprise learning experiences with the support of local business
  • work related learning - the EBP can facilitate a range of learning experiences for pupils that prepares them for the world of work including careers events, industry visits, interview skills and CV writing workshops
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) - operating as the STEMNET Hub for the area, the EBP recruit, check and induct local employers as STEM Ambassadors. These ambassadors are then able to support a range of opportunities offered to young people in partnership with local schools

For more information contact the Wolverhampton EBP at ebp.info@wolverhampton.gov.uk or 01902 555277.

Jaguar Land Rover Education Business Partnership Centre

This state of the art facility at the Engine Manufacturing Centre, i54, offers tours and workshops to support the education and training of young people. Contact Centre Manager Elizabeth Love on 01902 315254 to discuss your requirements.

The National Careers Service Inspiration Team

This service can broker relationships between employers, schools, colleges and unemployed adults with the aim of delivering activities that educate, motivate and inspire the workforce of the future. To find out more about the Inspiration Agenda and how the brokering service can help you, contact the West Midlands Employer Engagement Co-ordinator Susan Timms at the National Careers Service at  susan.timms@prospects.co.uk or 0121 262 3967 or 07900 057113.

  • released: Wednesday 2 December, 2015