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Projects

The Southwark Education Business Alliance (EBA) has been building relationships with local schools and businesses for over 15 years. 

Our aim is to raise aspirations and introduce the next generation of talented young people to the world of work. In line with the UK Governments Careers Strategy launched in December 2017, the EBA will now deliver programmes to meet the requirements of the Gatsby Benchmarks.

We currently offer:

  • Mentoring
  • Business visits
  • Work experience (WEX)
  • Careers fair
  • Young Enterprise
  • Workshops

Your company and volunteers will benefit from interacting with the local pool of future talent and have the chance to give something back to the local community.

The EBA are a traded service, we offer membership options to suit your requirements. Please contact us to discuss in more detail our revised membership options.

  • Primary school readers
  • Secondary mentoring
  • Business visits
  • Aspire & Achieve (workshop series)
  • Careers Fair
  • Young Enterprise
  • Work experience (WEX)

Your company, and its volunteers will benefit from interacting with the local pool of future talent and have the chance to give something back to the local community.

The EBA are a traded service, we offer membership options to suit your requirements. Please contact us to discuss in more detail our revised membership options.

Mentoring

Primary school readers

Have you ever thought it might be rewarding to do something special, something that really makes a contribution to a child’s education?

By spending 30 minutes in a primary school you will:

  • Help improve a pupil’s academic achievements
  • Increase their self-esteem
  • Provide them with a positive role model
  • Help them improve their reading and speaking skills

Your commitment is a half hour plus travelling time

Secondary mentoring

Business mentoring provides an opportunity for individual students to receive guidance and help them understand the world of work.

Taking part in the secondary mentoring you will:

 

  • Provide support and guidance with school work and academic goals 
  • Advise young people with their career choices and share your professional insights 
  • Learn more about the world of education and the challenges young people face

Business visits

Host a class of young people at your business:

The EBA organises visits to the business partners’ office or place of work with interesting talks and a tour of the site. This gives the students a better idea of what it’s like to work for a specific company as well as an opportunity to observe expected behaviours in a workplace.

Through organised activities the visit aims to help young people understand the importance of STEM in different industries and its use in everyday life. Working with top employers we aim to inspire young people into these jobs and help them understand the connection between the curriculum and their future career.

Please note that an eight weeks notice is required to book a visit.

Work experience for schools

Work experience is a major event in a school year, so we have developed a service to ensure that the workload and risk can be minimised for our partner schools.

 As part of our WEX programme we will provide your school with:

  • Administration of all WEX paperwork
  • Use of All-Together WEX online system
  • EBA attendance at parents evening and help with in-school training and preparation for the programme
  • Close liaison with school careers adviser

 If required, the team can also provide assistance with finding work placements for students.

Work experience for employers

If you are an employer, we can assist you in arranging annual work placements from schools. This will give the company the opportunity to give young people experience of their industry and employees the chance to gain supervisory experience.

Young Enterprise

This project is open to year 9 students, the EBA aims to recruit volunteers to deliver workshops and to help young people develop their business acumen and encourage them to explore innovative and sustainable business ideas.

The workshops will cover the following areas of business:

  • Introduction to the project
  • Business and finance plan
  • Marketing and trading standards

In the school preliminary round, young people will work in teams of five and each team will work on a unique business idea with the support of business volunteers, the EBA and teachers.

The teams will then present their ideas to a panel of judges at a business partner’s premises where one team from each school will be chosen to progress to the next stage.

The successful teams will go on to sell their product at a Southwark venue. In the past years students have been selling their products at Borough Market.

Schools:

Contact us to participate in this project

Volunteers:

Contact us to deliver a workshop at a school (up to 2 hours)

Southwark Careers Fair

The annual Southwark Careers Fair provides Southwark schools and local businesses with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a two-day long workshop based event. 

Exhibitors present their business to small groups of students through practical, interactive workshops that demonstrate the skills and attributes they will need in order to work in these sectors.

 Students also learn about general employability skills. Every group spends 20min with each employer, learning about variety of fields and jobs they have to offer.

Students find this a very positive experience, helping them to explore their career options and gain an understanding of the skills and qualities that will help them achieve their goals.

 The event is held over two days in the spring term and is appropriate for Year 10 and above.

Aspire & Achieve

The new Aspire and Achieve programme consists of 3 stages incorporating a series of workshops that span across Years 9 – 10 (12) and aim to provide young people with new outlook on their future career.

The programme includes:

Stage 1

Providing students and their families with knowledge of their career path options and tools for independent research at home. Students are provided with career path suggestions based on their personality traits that are assessed during a group-work based workshop.

Stage 2

Delivering a day long workshop helping students understand the basic difference between organisations in the private, public and third sector but also various professions and their responsibilities. This session aims to help students understand the bigger picture and start thinking of the career path or industry they are interested in.

Further research from home is encouraged. We also provide students with homework sheets helping them design the path towards their dream career.

 Stage 3

Finally, the programme provides students with practical CV writing session and mock interviews delivered by employers.

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Primary Volunteer
What Volunteers will do

Read with young people or play literacy games.

Age Group

07-Nov

Time commitment

30 minutes, fortnightly

Location

At the school

Sign Up Process

Up to 1 hour briefing and DBS application

 

Secondary Volunteer
What Volunteers will do

General subject mentoring or specifically maths mentoring

Age Group

14-16

Time commitment

45-60 minutes fortnightly

Location

At the school

Sign Up Process

Up to 1 hour briefing and DBS application

 

Volunteering Opportunities
What Volunteers will do

Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in a one-off commitment

Age Group

Aug-16

Time commitment

30 minutes to half a day

Location

At the school or business

Sign Up Process

1 hour briefing

 

Primary Volunteer
What Volunteers will do

Read with young people or play literacy games.

Age Group

07-Nov

Time commitment

30 minutes, fortnightly

Location

At the school

Sign Up Process

Up to 1 hour briefing and DBS application

 

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Primary Schools

Primary Numeracy Partners

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Primary School Reading Partners

Form a relationship with a local business and create an opportunity for your students to gain support in reading and literacy through mentors volunteering their time.

City Career Open House

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Secondary Schools

Primary school readers

We currently provide primary schools with 200 volunteer readers in nine partner schools. We recruit businesses and volunteers to read with young people for 30 minutes once a week at lunch time in school.

Primary school numeracy volunteers

We also recruit volunteers to help young people with everyday numeracy for 30 minutes once a week at lunch time in school. Volunteers will play maths games and use other engaging resources to increase the pupils’ confidence and fluency in numeracy.

All volunteers are trained and DBS checked by the EBA.

Secondary Schools

Primary school readers

We currently provide primary schools with 200 volunteer readers in nine partner schools. We recruit businesses and volunteers to read with young people for 30 minutes once a week at lunch time in school.

Primary school numeracy volunteers

We also recruit volunteers to help young people with everyday numeracy for 30 minutes once a week at lunch time in school. Volunteers will play maths games and use other engaging resources to increase the pupils’ confidence and fluency in numeracy.

All volunteers are trained and DBS checked by the EBA.

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