We hosted a Lunch and Learn event earlier this week to help local employers learn how they can engage with their future workforce more easily.
Over 20 employers attended our event to hear how Founders4Schools and Marketplace can help them engage with school pupils, in a way that fits in with their business needs.
Marketplace, which is offered free of charge by Skills Development Scotland, enables employers to offer opportunities to local schools under the headings of skills, inspiration and career insights. These can include site visits, talks, challenge activities or helping develop soft skills, such as CV writing and interview skills.
Opportunities can be offered at certain times or throughout the year – whenever is appropriate for the employer. Teachers are then able to view the opportunity and book pupils onto the visit.
Founders4Schools enables teachers to identify local business leaders who are able to come into schools to speak about their industry or job role. This site is also free to use and local employers and business people can register through their Linkedin profile, or through the DYW Orkney partner page (here), indicating which areas they can speak about.
Teachers then create an event and use the website to invite those who have registered to attend. Business people can then choose to attend any event that they are able to.
Rachel Scarth, Project Manager for Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Orkney, said: “Both Marketplace and Founders4Schools enables employers and local business people to offer opportunities and attend events that best suits them, and fits their business needs.
“In the two years since DYW Orkney was set up, we’ve had fantastic engagement and support from lots of different businesses. We hope that the introduction of these systems will make the process simpler for employers who already support us, as well as new employers looking to get involved with DYW.
“Both sites are free to use, and I would encourage any employer who would like to learn more to visit the sites, or contact our team for more information.”
If you are interested in registering for either site, please click on the links below.
DYW Orkney can be contacted by calling (01856) 569 352, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org