Get involved

As a business you can help support students, adults, employees, care leavers, prison leavers and those receiving unemployment benefits, by agreeing to one of our pledges.

In Medway, we strive to put education and business together. This aims to prepare students and others groups to go on to further or higher education or skilled employment, and inspire them to make a positive contribution to society.

While qualifications are very important, they’re not the only consideration. We recognise that employability, or work-readiness, is highly sought by businesses. Building positive relationships between businesses and education helps people to develop their skills to get ahead in the workplace.

It’s your chance to promote your business, industry sector and the job roles within it.

There are many valuable ways you can get involved depending on the time you have available. The pledge sets out some ideas for activities for you to consider getting involved in.

Business pledges


A CV is the first thing an employer sees. You can help students realise just how important that first impression is.

Your knowledge and expertise can support students to make sure their CV is the best it can be to stand out from the crowd.

These sessions could be 1 to 2 hours long and involve small groups of students at a time for an interactive session.

Interview skills are hard to teach students who have not experienced interviews before.

You could support students by giving them a one-to-one interview and help them to highlight their strengths and weaknesses for future interviews.

The sessions will be within a school or college. They could last from half a school day to all day and involve working one-to-one with students.

The world of work can help to bring a school or college curriculum to life for students.

Work visits for schools or colleges can help show students why they are learning the skills focused on in their classes.

Your invitation can inspire and motivate students after they’ve seen for themselves how their learning is used in real work life.

Schools or colleges will be flexible around your working day and will normally arrange travel for the students.

Career fairs are the perfect way to put education and business together.

They allow you to show off your company or sector to many engaged students of all ages. As well as talk about what roles and apprenticeships are available in your industry.

It also gives you the opportunity to target your future workforce.

These events vary in time and length and are very interactive with students, teachers, parents or carers, and other stand holders.

These opportunities give students a valuable insight into a certain work environment and what is involved in that daily routine.

They help young people to explore specific different careers and try them out so they can make informed decisions about their future careers.

These opportunities would be flexible around your time and resources and arranged with full support of the school or college and the students’ parents or carers.

As an Enterprise Adviser you'll work directly with a school or college's senior leadership team to develop their careers programme.

You can combine your passion for raising the aspirations of young people with your strategic skills to help put opportunities with local employers at the heart of a young person's education.

Enterprise Advisers are senior-level professionals. They come from different industry sectors and professional backgrounds, be that employed, self-employed or recently retired. They are also dedicated to making a lasting impact on the future outcomes of young people.

Reasons to sign up as an Enterprise Adviser

By signing up you can:

  • support your local school or college to offer world class guidance to their students
  • complete strategic planning in a new context, developing your skills in communication and strategy development
  • build strong working relationships with your local school or college and offer insight into your organisation and industry
  • better understand the education sector and the challenges faced

As an Enterprise Adviser, you can provide an employer's perspective.

You can support the school or college’s senior leadership team to focus efforts and have the most impact on their students learning of the world of work.

The Medway Enterprise Adviser Network also provides networking opportunities with other local businesses and employers in the network.

The network is fully supported by an Enterprise Coordinator in Medway who works closely with the Enterprise Advisers and the schools or college.

More about the Careers and Enterprise Company

If you remember your first experience of work you might remember being out of your comfort zone.

These opportunities give students that first experience as well as an insight into a certain work environment and the skills they need.

They help young people to explore specific different careers and try them out so they can make decisions about their future careers.

These opportunities would be either in blocks of one or two weeks or could be one day a week over a longer period.

The placements are arranged with full support of the school or college and the students’ parents or carers.

You can give someone the opportunity to learn on the job by offering an apprenticeship.

These are becoming more popular with young people hoping to earn while they learn the necessary skills from you.

You would be supported by a training provider to deliver the qualification.

Students will be recruited to start at different levels of apprenticeships based on their education achievements and can be developed further.

Students often listen to a business person more than they do their parents or carers, and teachers or tutors.

Being a mentor for a young person and supporting them through their education and development helps them make decisions about their own path.

You can also gain skills yourself such as listening, leadership and facilitation.

Mentoring would take place in the school or college about three or four times each academic year. Or you can choose to also offer email support.

We are lucky enough to have lots of students studying in Medway ready to meet you.

They have the qualifications which can add value to your business, and are actively looking for the local opportunities you may have.

We can support you by sharing your employment opportunities with students through the education institutions to help with your recruitment process.

There is nothing more effective than us offering programmes designed with your support.

Working together, we can make sure the programmes offered teach students what your businesses need in terms of skills, knowledge and experience.

You can make a difference to a young people with a statement of Special Educational Need or an Education, Health and Care plan.

We're looking for opportunities for students to enjoy a structured education plan primarily based within businesses.

The plan aims for students to achieve sustainable paid employment by teaching them the skills they need for the world of work during the internship.

Supported internships are unpaid so do not cost your business and the students are fully supported by job coaches.

If you see yourself as the next Simon Cowell, you can judge skills competitions.

Competitions are a great way for teaching skills to young people. They can promote the development of skills such as communication, negotiation, problem solving and team working.

Students are always proud to show off their work. Having someone from the industry visiting them to judge their work can also inspire them and increase their motivation to do well.

A school curriculum or college course gives students the knowledge and you can help to bring it to life.

If you have an hour or two to spare, you can go back to school or college and tell students about your work, career and journey so far.

You can highlight the value of the transferable skills you have gained through your career journey and help to raise their aspirations.

This is a perfect chance to show off your business and what you do.

Offering a venue for events can give you the opportunity to arrange a tour around your business and share what you do.

It is a great chance to network and make new connections in businesses and education.

If you have a good idea for a business challenge around your sector you can give students a chance to solve it.

Businesses can link back to a subject at school or college so working with the Head of Departments you can set something up.

You can even offer a little prize to promote your business as a little bonus should you wish to.

It raises your profile in the local community and the schools or college will promote your support on their social media platforms.

Teachers and tutors would enjoy visiting your business to identify where curriculum can be enriched with real life stories.

These can show students how their learning and knowledge from school transfers into the world of work.

Students learn so much from businesses, even in a short amount of time.

These events involve a rotation of students sitting with you for a few minutes each so they can ask you what you do, chat about your career and talk about their plans.

The students learn the art of networking and to communicate confidently with different people in a room.

You can also highlight the differing roles within your business and share your own story.

T Levels are a new qualification for students aged 16 to 19 in England who have finished their GCSEs.

Each T Level is equivalent to 3 A Levels and helps young people develop the knowledge, attitude, and practical skills to thrive in the workplace.

T Level students spend 80% of the course in the classroom, learning the essential skills that your employees need. The other 20% is a meaningful industry placement, where they put these skills into action.

A traineeship is a work-based skills development programme that includes a work placement.

The full programme can last from 6 weeks up to a year, though most traineeships last between 6 weeks and 12 weeks.

Your business needs to be able to offer a safe, meaningful and high-quality work experience placement of at least 70 hours to 240 hours.

You will work with a training provider to design what is included in the programme.

Trainees can gain English, maths, digital and work-related qualifications which can lead them on to:

  • an apprenticeship
  • work
  • further education.

The Young Enterprise Company Programme allows students aged 15 to 19 to form their own company and take on director roles. They then design, market and sell their own product or service.

Young Enterprise aim to assign all student companies a business adviser. This is a volunteer prepared to guide the students through running their business, encouraging participation, and sharing their own experience of the world of work.


Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks for adults aged 19 or over.

They give people the opportunity to build up valuable sector-specific skills based on local employer demand, and provide a direct path to a job on completion.

Skills Bootcamps are mainly aimed at delivering flexible training at levels 3 to 5 (medium to higher level technical skills), and level 2 in some sectors.

They are co-designed or shaped with employers to respond to their skills shortages.


Free training, financial support, and career advice available to your workforce.

Some of the benefits of your employees taking a free course or training outside of employment include:

  • upskilling your existing employees
  • progressing your current employees into higher skilled roles
  • filling vacancies or skill shortages within your business
  • gaining a workforce with the right knowledge, skills, and behaviours for your company to succeed.

Care leavers

The Care Leaver Covenant is a way companies can support 16 to 25 year olds leaving care to become independent.

Organisations can pledge support including apprenticeships, work experience or free or discounted goods or services.

Prison leavers

New Futures Network (NFN) arranges partnerships between prisons and employers in England and Wales.

These partnerships help you:

  • fill skills gaps in your business
  • reduce recruitment costs
  • increase staff retention
  • transform prison leavers' lives.

Those receiving unemployment benefits

Sector-based Work Academy Programmes (SWAPs) help prepare those receiving unemployment benefits to apply for jobs in a different area of work.

Placements run for up to 6 weeks and are designed to help you recruit a workforce with the right skills to sustain and grow your business.

They are tailored to meet your recruitment needs, including pre-employment training, a work experience placement, and your guarantee of a job interview for participants.

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