EnterpriseMouchel Ltd has become the first company to become accredited with Education Ready™, IEBE’s employability quality standard for businesses.
The company, which employs over 1,300 staff - including engineers, surveyors, and project managers - specialises in providing integrated highways network management services to the public sector. From the Transport for London (South) Contract, based in Croydon, it currently works with around 77 schools and colleges each year, across 9 London Boroughs. It is the first of its eight sites to achieve the standard.
Aimed at any business who takes its work with schools seriously, it identifies the core attributes that businesses need to help students develop the skills required for the modern workplace. Being Education Ready™ means relationships with schools can have greater impact on young people’s learning and employability, making the transition as smooth and effective as possible.
Gary Burt, EM’s Community Engagement Manager says a desire for continuous improvement was the main motivation to become Education Ready™:
“At EM we’re proud of our track record in working with local schools. We’re always looking to improve what we do, and now that we have this award we can be even more focused about excited about how we support young people’s employability.”
For Managing Director Dave Wright, there’s now an opportunity to replicate the success at the company’s locations around the country:
“As a nation, our future prosperity depends on businesses working with schools to raise students’ aspirations and ambitions. Achieving this standard means EM is playing its part. Our employees will be better prepared and equipped to make the most of their relationships with teachers and students. Our site in Croydon is just the start. We’re aiming for all our sites to achieve this award.”
The assessors were impressed by the way the company was able to reach so many young people from its Croydon base. It also praised the in-depth work supporting the needs of students with special educational needs, young offenders and those in danger of becoming NEET. The emphasis which EM places on engaging young women into the engineering sector, and its Quality Promise, which provides an, “effective driver for the company’s education work by focusing achieving specific measurable outcomes” was also highly praised.
For more information about Education Ready™ click here.
A secondary school in Hull has been successful in meeting an important national standard in how to develop young people for their future working lives.
Malet Lambert has become the first school in the country to become accredited with IEBE’s Business Ready™, the new employability standard for schools. A co-educational comprehensive community school for young people aged 11-16, most of Malet Lambert’s 1,400 students live in the central area of East Hull. It has a team 160 teaching and support staff and has recently completed a significant refurbishment under the Building Schools for the Future scheme (BSF).
With more than one million 16-24 year-olds out of work, the provision of high quality employability learning for young people has never been more important. Being Business Ready™ means schools’ relationships with businesses can have greater impact on young people’s learning and employability, making the transition as smooth and effective as possible.
As Stephen Logan, Business Champion at the school and Hull’s Enterprising Teacher of the Year 2011 explains, the decision to apply for the accreditation was a simple one:
“At Malet Lambert we’re committed to employability, enterprise education and global careers ambitions for all our learners. We believe having students better prepared for the world of work is a necessary part of being a good school. Our main aim is to enrich students’ experiences and develop employability skills that will help students achieve in their core subjects, from Year 7 right through to Year 11.”
In securing the award, the school was praised by the assessment team for its, “strategic approach to employability”, with strong leadership by the governing body and Headteacher. When combined with a, “meticulous approach to planning and delivery”, it ensured a wide range of activities and events with as many students as possible could be undertaken.
Speaking about their success, Jane Disbrey, Headteacher said:
“Students at our school have access to a team of outstanding teachers and social and economic networks which put them face-to-face with their employers of the future. Being Business Ready™ will enable us to ensure we provide an excellent standard for preparing our students for the next stage of their education or training. And of course, we’re absolutely delighted to be the first school to achieve this important award.”
This term’s employability activities are already underway, with students participating in Hull Digital Live 2012 and Global Entrepreneurship Week. And plans are also being made for a school-hosted event as part of Business Week 2013.
The school is also a signatory to Hull’s new Employability Charter, an innovative scheme to help young people get a boost into employment. Before its launch on 19 October, 27 local organisations had already signed up.
For more information about Business Ready™ click here.
IEBE News Release
Friday 29 June 2012
A NEW PHASE FOR EDUCATION BUSINESS EXCELLENCE
Through a major restructuring, the Institute for Education Business Excellence (IEBE) is extending its work on professional standards in education business practice to reach a wider audience than ever before.
With more than one million 16-24 year-olds out of work, the provision of high quality employability learning for young people in schools and colleges has never been more important. When properly embedded across the curriculum, it helps provide them with a greater opportunity for successful transition from education to employment. Young people benefit most when their employability learning is mediated by practitioners operating to the highest professional standards. Since its creation in June 2009, IEBE has championed the need for this commitment to quality.
Two important changes now mark the next phase in the Institute’s development.
IEBE will be consolidating all of its work on professional accreditation with that of the newly-formed Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP), to create a single professional institute for all employability practitioners. At the same time, IEBE will be extending its work on quality standards for schools, businesses and specialist providers by merging its assets into leading education charity HTI (Heads, Teachers and Industry).
In announcing the changes, Lord Knight of Weymouth, IEBE’s Chair, said:
“By focusing on the need for professional practice in developing young people’s employability, IEBE has helped change the culture of education business relationships. It is a logical move to now integrate that activity with those doing similar work in the welfare to work sector, and create an all age employability institute with IEP. At the same time, the other side of IEBE can now refocus its priorities on quality standards. HTI’s track record in delivering quality school leadership development programmes means they are the perfect partner for this.”
The integration of IEBE’s professional accreditation framework with IEP was welcomed by its Chair, Janette Faherty OBE, who said:
“We look forward to drawing on IEBE’s ground-breaking work as we build the IEP, and provide a new home for all practitioners committed to professional standards in employability. Current IEBE affiliates and members will have the opportunity to become part of an even wider community, supporting employability in young people and adults alike, offering all the benefits of learning and support across our respective professions.”
Speaking on behalf of HTI, its Chair Dr Noorzaman Rashid, said:
“HTI’s exciting deal with IEBE represents the latest development in a 25 year track record of innovation in education leadership. We look forward to working alongside the Institute to support schools and businesses who see employability learning as a critical part of a whole and balanced education for young people of all ages; and a key enabler for their future success.”
Both changes take effect from 1 July 2012.
Notes to editors:
1. Through its quality awards for schools, businesses and specialist providers, IEBE sets and safeguards pre-19 employability learning standards. Since June 2009, IEBE has established itself as a key player in the arena of young people’s employability, working with No.10, Cabinet Office, BIS, and DfE. It has quality-assured almost 100 specialist providers of education business services, and recruited over 500 practitioners committed to becoming qualified education business professionals. Through its newly-established employability hubs, it has started extending its reach into the community. Most recently, it has launched Education Ready™ and Business Ready™, new quality standards for businesses and schools respectively. www.iebe.org.uk
2. IEP is the professional body for the employment-related services sector. It embraces all those working with unemployed young people and adults to reduce benefit dependency and improve their chances of securing sustained employment. IEBE and IEP will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to align their products and services. www.iemployability.org
3. HTI (Heads, Teachers & Industry) is a national independent charity and one of the UK’s leading providers of development programmes for senior leadership teams in schools and colleges. HTI builds a unique understanding and co-operation between business, education and government to enhance school leadership and improve the employability skills and life chances of young people. It was set up over 25 years ago by business leaders wishing to bring the education and business sectors closer to develop a mutual understanding about employability. The arrangement will see IEBE‘s brands and products protected, and supported in future by HTI infrastructure. www.hti.org.uk
4. Lord Knight of Weymouth is Opposition Spokesperson for Work and Pensions and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He was raised to the peerage in 2010. In the previous government he held Ministerial posts on education, employment and for the south west region. He was Labour MP for South Dorset from 2001-10. He has been IEBE Chair since May 2011. As part of the changes being announced, he will become an HTI Trustee and an IEP Board member.
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Hull Esteem joins forces with IEBE to benefit city’s schools and students.
Hull Esteem Consortium – made up of leading construction businesses Sewell Group, Morgan Sindall and Robertson Capital Projects – is making a significant commitment to schools and young people in Hull. It’s aiming to be one of the first business organisations in the country to become Education Ready™.
Education Ready™ is IEBE’s employability standard for businesses. Those who meet the standard are able to work more effectively with schools to embed employability in the curriculum, maximise the impact of their school relationships, and help young people prepare for productive and fulfilling working lives.
The Consortium is responsible for delivering the Hull Building Schools for the Future Programme, the single largest regeneration programme in the city. The programme will see major investment in all of the city’s secondary, SEN and PRU estate, including a great number of new build schemes. In all there are 20 projects.
The motivation behind the Consortium’s commitment to Education Ready™ is because two Hull schools - Newland School for Girls and Malet Lambert – are already working towards achieving the sister standard, Business Ready™. As Ann Newlove, Hull Esteem’s Business Manager, who is leading the application explains:
“We are all working towards one goal, which is to improve the educational opportunities for the city’s youngsters. Hull Esteem wants to leave a legacy that is more than just bricks and mortar, and so we are committed to recruiting locally, providing Apprenticeships, and most importantly, offering our knowledge and expertise to the education community. Achieving Education Ready™ accreditation will mean we can lead the way in deepening our links with schools in Hull, so that we can better demonstrate to students the range of employment opportunities available to them.”
Education Ready™ and Business Ready™ form part of IEBE’s Platform for Excellence™, which comprises quality standards for all individuals and organisations who develop young people’s employability.
Top Berkshire school set to be one of first to gain important quality standard.
The Langley Academy in Slough is putting the future work prospects of its students’ at the centre of its curriculum offer. It is aiming to become one of the first schools in the country accredited with Business Ready™ – IEBE’s quality award, that recognises a school’s contribution to developing young people’s employability.
The school, founded in September 2008 as a new 11-18 mixed academy, is sponsored by the Arbib Foundation, and has a specialism in science education. It is also an ‘Arkwright School’ – encouraging high achieving students to take up engineering or technological careers.
John Goodyear, Head of Vocational Learning & Careers at the school, who is heading up the application said:
“For our students, exposure to the world of work is more important now than it has ever been. At 16 or 18 their education doesn’t just stop and their life of employment start. There is nothing contradictory about providing a high quality education and preparing young people for the world of work. We start that process in Year 7 and this quality award will mean we can ensure both sides are even more integrated.”
Principal Peter Blewett added:
“Good schools have always recognised the need to blend a curriculum offer that results in students achieving well in core subjects and developing the skills and attitudes employers need. Operating to the highest possible standard in all aspects of our teaching and learning is important to us, and so for a school that already has links with local employers, applying for this award was a natural progression for us. We want not only to receive recognition for our effective business relationships, but to improve them.”
Business Ready™ is the quality standard to assess and recognise schools’ contribution to developing young people’s employability. It is part of IEBE’s Platform for Excellence™, which comprises quality standards for all individuals and organisations, and sits alongside its sister award for businesses – Education Ready™.
Schools who meet the standard are able to work more effectively with businesses to embed employability in the curriculum, maximise the potential of their business relationships, and help young people prepare for productive and fulfilling working lives.
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