10 ways business can add value in education;Raising standards for all

26th June 1998 at 01:00
The business agenda for action in partnership with government and the qualifications and curriculum support.

All types of businesses, including small and medium sized companies, should work in partnership with schools and colleges developing the following forms of action.

1 People on voluntary assignments. EXAMPLES:

* BT employees mentor at risk youth 15-16 using BITC's Roots amp; Wings programme.

* NatWest volunteers mentor inner city primary school children on basic skills.

* Sainsbury employees support school literacy programmes.

2 Personnel on induction, development assignments and secondments. EXAMPLES:

* Ford Motor Company places graduate recruits in schools on management assignments.

* KPMG graduate recruits support The Prince's Trust programmes for at risk youth.

* Marks amp; Spencer second managers to education programmes to develop community skills.

3 Profit or charitable grants to sponsor programmes. EXAMPLES:

* Glaxo Wellcome's Making Sense of Science helps curriculum and teacher development.

* National Power Numeracy Programme provides grants for primary school mathematics.

* Zeneca Trust provides over pound;10 millions for primary school science teachers.

4 Programmes to impact onstandards in education. EXAMPLES:

* Barclay's New Futures with CSV develop key skills through citizenship projects.

* BT's development of The Prince's Trust's Study Support Centres in schools.

* Midland Bank et al Young Enterprise projects develop key skills and business education.

5 Products or gifts-in-kind of goods amp; services. EXAMPLES:

* BT provides ITC equipment andCampus 2000 Internet facilities for schools.

* Hewlett-Packard provides computers for schools serving needy communities.

* Unilever donates recycled computers to equip learning centres for inner city schools.

6 Promotions for education and business benefit. EXAMPLES:

* Cadbury Chocolate and Save the Children promotion helps special education.

* Lever's Persil Funfit provides materials and equipment for school sports.

* Tesco's 'Free Computers for Schools' has provided 30,000 computers to-date.

7 Position as stakeholder in local communities and good neighbourhood relations. EXAMPLES:

* Bankers Trust provide a range of programmes for a nearby secondary school.

* British Airways support clusters of schools around main airports.

* United Utilities provide North West Water Community and School Education Centres.

8 Premises for teacher and student placements. EXAMPLES:

* Safeway offer placements with business assignments for teachers.

* Proctor amp; Gamble provides management training courses for headteachers.

* Zeneca offer work experience for GNVQ students studying science and technology.

9 Persuasion of business networks to engage suppliers and client companies. EXAMPLES:

* BAA engages airport businesses such as WH Smith to jointly support local schools.

* Marks amp; Spencer food technology project set up with its suppliers of food products.

* KPMG and its client Midland Bank provide business mentors for head teachers in Wales.

10 Power and influence on Government to promote partnership programmes. EXAMPLES:

* BITC's Business Summits chaired by Derek Wanless, NatWest's Group Chief Executive, influence Ministers, DfEE and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

* BITC's business leaders, including John Baker, Sir Dominic Cadbury, Sir Peter Davis and Derek Wanless, sit on Government Task Forces helping to develop policies to raise standards, develop qualifications, tackle low skill and exclusion and set national targets.

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