You collaborate with educational establishments
 
Developing meaningful links between industry and educational establishments, at all levels from schools through to universities, can provide significant advantages for everyone involved. Securing sustained benefits, however, requires both the company and the educational establishment to agree on expectations and commit resources and time in order to meet them.
Key Issues
·         Industry and educational establishments have much to gain from working together and, in particular, from forming long-term partnerships
·         Companies need a regular supply of bright, well-educated people to sustain the business and provide the skills needed for the future
·         Recruiting people from known, trusted educational establishments helps you select people with appropriate skills, attitudes and ethics
·         There are many options to explore in working with educational organisations, for example:
o      Work-shadowing and work-experience for school children
o      Support for teachers in understanding business issues
o      Support for Imagineering clubs, Young Enterprise schemes etc
o      Factory visits, providing an insight into the world of work
o      Modern apprenticeships, integrating your formal work-based training requirements with the provision available at local colleges
o      Offer grants to first-rate students on appropriate university courses and give them necessary work experience
o      Establish knowledge transfer partnerships with a university to introduce new ideas into the company
o      Collaborate on pre-competitive research programmes to develop new technologies relevant to specific industrial sectors
o      Provide lectures on your business for schools/universities, explaining how you became successful, your products, new technologies, careers advice
o      Facilitate collaboration on projects that stimulate employees’ interests, providing an opportunity to support local communities
·         Educational establishment can offer you access to bespoke training, development workshops and access to new technology/equipment
Factors for Success      
Factors to  Avoid
1.     Both you and the institution work at building a mutually beneficial relationship
2.     Everyone is encouraged to contribute
3.     Adequate resources, both people and cash, are allocated to support activities
4.     Champions are identified to support and build these relationships
1.     High level initiatives that proclaim collaboration without demonstrating any commitment
2.     One side of a collaboration taking most of the benefits
3.     Starting significant projects without the necessary authority and/or funding
4.     Stifling initiatives without considering the potential benefits
Who does this apply to?
All managers, personnel managers, team leaders
Realisable Benefits
Access to young people with the skills needed to become good future employees

Guides:

The working environmentThe working environment

The working environment

Sharing information with your workforceSharing information with your workforce

Sharing information with your workforce

Appraising employeesAppraising employees

Appraising employees

Succession planningSuccession planning

Succession planning

Ensuring employees gain experienceEnsuring employees gain experience

Ensuring employees gain experience

QualificationsQualifications

Qualifications

Reward schemesReward schemes

Reward schemes

Work/life balanceWork/life balance

Work/life balance

Reducing overtimeReducing overtime

Reducing overtime

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Collaborating with educational establishments