A Liverpool secondary school is calling for Liverpool businesses to sign up to its new careers programme which will offer guidance and support to its students.
Archbishop Blanch School has partnered with the UK wide charity Career Ready to offer students a link with employers and open up the world of work.
Launching on September 17, ten sixth formers will be selected to enrol on the national programme which provides students with an opportunity to undertake internships, receive mentoring, take part in master classes and visit businesses’ workplaces.
The highly successful programme, which has run for over 10 years, is designed to complement students’ studies and help them perform more effectively in the wider working world.
Over 1,400 companies have supported the Career Ready initiative over the years, from small, independent businesses to multi-nationals – including a quarter of the FTSE 100.
In preparation for the September launch, which will coincide with the school’s move to its new site on Earle Road, Archbishop Blanch is asking Liverpool businesses to get involved.
Ellie Jones, careers co-ordinator at the school, says: “The Careers Ready programme is a fantastic opportunity to help students grow in confidence and gain essential skills for work.
“Corporate social responsibility is an important practice for any business, and engaging with the wider community can have so many benefits. The Career Ready programme is the perfect occasion to give back and showcase your company’s values.
“It also offers employers the chance to have a real positive impact on students’ lives, share their business credentials to a wider community, and who knows, perhaps find some future talent for their company!”
The school also highlights that participation in the programme takes many forms and can be flexible around businesses’ schedules.
Miss Jones adds: “Whether you want to mentor a student, host a tour around your workplace, offer a masterclass at the school or provide an internship, businesses can choose what best suits their needs and availability.”
Headteacher Heather Duggan, says: “We are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to our students and to work with local and national business in this way.
“This is a fantastic programme to help our students begin their career journey in a highly structured and focused manner and we look forward to enrolling our first cohort in September.”
Councillor Nick Small,cabinet member for education,employmeny and skils, said:”This is a programme which has proved its worth in helping students progress into work and Archbishop Blanch School is to be congratulated for running such a worthwhile scheme.”
Businesses interested in finding out more about the programme can contact Miss Jones at Archbishop Blanch School on firstname.lastname@example.org