a powerful network
support the work of the UK Career Academy Foundation both
financially and, more important, practically.
The menu on the left of this
page takes you to more detailed information about some of the
opportunities available to you, but briefly, you can help our
work by providing:
internships – industry
specific placements for six weeks during the summer paying
students between £6 and
£7 an hour.
time for employee
volunteers to act as coaches to
young people throughout the year.
events for students that complement their curriculum studies.
by senior business leaders on Academy Advisory Boards.
experiences for teachers and students
interviews and curriculum vitae development workshops.
work placements, job
training opportunities for teachers
critical input on
the design of industry-based, career-orientated curriculum
financial support for Academy activities
does my business benefit from involvement?
your company a leader in the community
By providing systemic and
sustained support for the programme, the Foundation’s
business partners demonstrate their commitment to education
and to community development. Participating employers say
that their involvement has improved recognition of their
companies as community leaders. An advantage of Career
Academies compared with some other community link programmes
is that they produce outcomes that can be properly measured,
evaluated and reported. As part of a Corporate Social
Responsibility programme, your involvement can have clear,
the workforce of tomorrow
As your business strives to
remain competitive, you need increasingly sophisticated
employees with the training and flexibility to excel. Just
as important, you need people who have mastered the ‘soft
skills’ – the ability to communicate effectively, take
ownership of their work, use initiative, work as team
members and solve problems, with a developed sense of
customer focus. Where students go on to university, they
are more prepared than their peers to participate actively
in their learning and link theoretical knowledge to
practical understanding. They are also likely, on leaving
university, to have loyalty to the company that helped them
to get there.
By supporting the Foundation
and participating in the Academies’ education process,
business partners help create cadres of highly talented
potential employees to fill tomorrow’s increasingly complex
jobs. Providing these opportunities for young people – and
serving as an essential pipeline for workforce development –
are among the central tenets of the Foundation’s philosophy.
Developing your employees
Through encouraging your
employees to participate and providing release time for
Academy activities, you can develop your current as well as
the potential workforce. Staff who work with students have
a rare opportunity to practise and develop their own skills
and competences in a 'safe' yet real environment.
Many companies also consider
their employees’ involvement positively as part of their
appraisal systems, so boosting morale, loyalty and improving
retention. Working with the Foundation
can help you develop these skills in your staff team:
Impact on teams
An internship will be a
positive learning experience for the student but they can
also have a positive impact on the team. This can include:
a fresh, questioning approach; the introduction of recent
academic theory and models; all delivered with youthful
energy and enthusiasm.
awareness of education
planning and organising
Enhancing workforce diversity
The Foundation’s commitment to
a growing presence in the UK’s urban centres helps connect a
broad range of students to employers who value diversity and
its significant business improvement opportunities. These
can include enhanced brand awareness amongst a wider
customer base and a broader understanding of customer and
The Foundation’s business
partners participate in a peer group of visionary leaders
with extraordinary national and international reach.
Academy supporters gain access
to specially tailored events, allowing business
representatives to network, share information, meet policy
makers and collaborate in developing innovative and
responsible business practice.
If you would like to know more,