Big-name Midland organisations have given their backing to a new scheme which helps businesses work more effectively with education.
Organisations including Birmingham’s Children Hospital, Jaguar Land Rover and the NEC Group have already pledged their support for BE Connected scheme.
Created by business education partnership BXL, the programme promises to offer companies bespoke packages of support that will help them work with schools and young people in the region.
It is hoped the scheme will boost prospects for school leavers, as well as giving organisations the chance to raise their profile within the community and offer employees “new and inspiring training opportunities”.
John Ling, CEO of BXL said: “Businesses, schools and young people working together is not a new idea, but there is a lot more that can be done to make it more effective and structured for both parties.
“The programme is different in the sense it taps into our existing relationships to provide companies with a structured engagement plan to get the most out of working with schools and young people and students.”
The programme aims to sign up 1,200 organisations, initially in the West Midlands, with plans to expand across the UK over the next 18 months.
The NEC Group has signed up to help “develop the skills and aspirations” of young people in the West Midlands.
Chief executive Paul Thandi said: “Our business delivers a £2 billion annual impact to the regional economy which supports 29,000 jobs.
“It follows that we are passionate about investing in the future skills of the next generation to create a world-class workforce in the region.”