Employer Support for Schools

Employer support for schools can be a valuable way of enhancing your schools’ Careers Education programme and enriching the curriculum
in different subject areas.

What does it involve?

Employers are keen to support schools with a range of activities including

  • Guest speakers for specific subject areas (in person or via webinar)
  • Visits to emplyer premises
  • Careers Fairs and Speed Networking days
  • Specific workshops (interview hints and tips, mock interviews etc)
  • Short term or long term work experience

Speak to your local Business Engagement Adviser for other ideas.

What are the benefits of engaging with employers? 

Engaging with an employer can 

  • Bring areas of the curriculum to life
  • Help young people make the link between their lessons and the world of work
  • Motivate young people to aspire to future careers
  • Raise awareness of the range of career opportunities available and how to access 
  • Introduce young people to inspiring role models

How can I get involved?

The Education Business Exchange (EBE) is a database of employers from all over Wales who are keen to work with schools via a range of different activities. 

Schools can search the EBE to find and request support from suitable employers. Selected employers will then be contacted by a Careers Wales Business Engagement Adviser who will facilitate communication and arrangements. 

Contact your local Careers and World of Work Coordinator to find out more about using the Education Business Exchange. 

Take a look at some of the ways employers are working with schools across Wales.

Swansea pupils sample future jobs through VR   

More than 3,000 Swansea pupils have been learning about potential future career options at an event hosted at the Waterfront Museum and Swansea’s LC2 leisure centre.


Jobs of the future showcased to pupils as part of new #FutureWorkWales campaign  

A group of Cardiff pupils hear all about the jobs, skills and industries of the future at an event hosted by Careers Wales at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s FabLab


Careers Wales’ business partnerships flourish in Ebbw Vale special school .   

A local housing association has been able to provide interview workshops to Pen Y Cwm Special School using the new Careers Wales Education Business Exchange (EBE) platform.


Linking Business to Education



Choose your Future -Bangor, Tŷ Menai, Parc Menai, Bangor.

Time:  3.30 - 7.00

Aimed at: 14-18 year olds from Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy 

An interactive careers and skills festival.  From job trends to apprenticeship opportunities, come and find out more!


Choose your Future -Ceredigion, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University

Time: 9.00 - 4.00

Aimed at: Years 9 -13 from schools and colleges across Ceredigion

From education, career, employment, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities – come and find out more!


Skills Cymru, Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli, SA14 9UX

Time: 21st -10.00 - 6.30 21st & 22nd - 10.00-3.00

Aimed at: school and college pupils across Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. 

We're teaming up with Coleg Sir Gâr and the Welsh Government, Carmarthenshire County Council and Castell Howell Foods to bring some of West Wales' biggest employers, colleges and training providers together at SkillsCymru Carmarthenshire, a careers event at Parc Y Scarlets in Llanelli.


Choose Your Future Powys Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells

Time: 10.00 - 3.30

Aimed at: Young people from across Powys

Exhibitors from a wide range of sectors will be present on the day representing universities, colleges, private and public sector employers and the voluntary sector, giving young people the opportunity to hear from industry experts first hand.


Choose Your Future Apprenticeships Work! Cardiff City Stadium, Leckwith Rd, Cardiff

Time: 10.00 - 2.30

Aimed at: Year 10, 11 and 6th Form school pupils and Further Education college students from Cardiff and The Vale of Glamorgan.

Careers Wales are pleased to invite you to our Apprenticeships Work Fair - an interactive careers event focusing on informing young people of the variety of Apprenticeship opportunities available across a broad range of sectors.

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