- Helping to create a sense of personal achievement and well-being
- Providing an opportunity to give something back
- Correcting inaccurate perceptions of education and/or the world of work
- Helping employees to develop their personal and professional skills, boosting their motivation and helping to improve employee retention and business performance
|Recruitment and retention – recruiting and retaining the right staff for the business, assisting in keeping recruitment costs low.
- Helping to ensure that learning outcomes, including those designed to promote students’ economic well-being, meet employer’s needs.
- Increasing the size and quality of the local employment ‘pool’
- Identifying and nurturing talent from an early age.
- Supporting students to gain the qualifications they need to enter an apprenticeship.
|Training – developing and motivating existing staff and enabling them to expand.
- Supporting staff development – providing opportunities to develop skills such as presentation, mentoring, coaching and role modelling.
- Boosting staff moral – ‘giving something back’
- Generating an understanding of, and providing valuable information about, the education system – through involvement in planning, delivering and evaluating learning activities.
- Helping employees to feel that they are working for a caring organisation, one that takes its responsibilities in the local community seriously.
|Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – addressing CSR objectives and enhancing the organisations reputation.
- Increasing the positive image of the organisation within the local community.
- Having direct impact on hundreds of young consumers, parents, cares and extended family.
- Gaining positive media coverage – case studies of partnership working, recognition through newsletters, websites etc.
- Improving customer loyalty.
|Innovation and business growth – generating ideas for new products and services.
- Producing innovative and worthwhile suggestions for adapting operational procedures and manage change.
- Promoting staff learning and generating more ambitious strategies for future business.
- Improving the organisations understanding of young people’s attitudes and spending habits.
- Increasing the brand profile of the organisation and the sector.
|Facilities and resources – increasing access to facilities and resources not otherwise available.
- Providing real business problems for students to solve in their project work.
- Helping students on work experience develop the right skills and qualities for employment and potentially influence their career choice by giving them first-hand experience.
- Gaining access to school sports, drama, music, conference and catering facilities, often at little or no cost, thereby supporting community cohesion.
|Creating a healthier, wealthier society – contributing to the general wellbeing of society and the economy.
- Making a positive contribution to society as a whole and supporting community cohesion.
- Creating a better educated society by helping to increase student motivation and raise aspirations.
- Informing potential customers and clients of the future.
- Challenging stereotypes and promoting diversity by encouraging young people from a wider range of backgrounds to consider careers in the sector.
|Knowledge – increasing knowledge and understanding.
- Keeping staff abreast of changing qualifications and developments in education.
- Contributing to developing materials with schools in include functional, personal, learning, enterprise and employability skills.
- Providing opportunities to demonstrate the jobs, training opportunities and careers within the organisation and sector.
- Providing opportunities to share changing practices and changes in technology.