Deputy Minister launches partnership programme to boost pupil prospects
Business Class, a programme developed by Business in the Community (BITC) and delivered in partnership with Careers Wales, will bring to Wales a proven, successful approach to building effective links between businesses and schools.
The principles behind Business Class are to build long-term mutually beneficial partnerships and to make positive contributions to the development of Wales’ future workforce.
In the first phase of the rollout, Careers Wales and Business in the Community (BITC) Cymru will build 60 Business Class partnerships across 12 priority areas across Wales this academic year. It will build on existing Business Class clusters in Newport, Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Heads of the Valleys; and best practice from schools and businesses already working together across the country.
Business Class incorporates both the needs of the school and the priorities, resources and capacity of the business. Schools benefit from the skills and experience of businesses, particularly in the fields of leadership, governance, curriculum development and enterprise/employability skills. For employers, working with schools provides valuable staff development opportunities, helps to build a talent pipeline for the future and creates stronger links with the communities in which they are based.