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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds We heard at the start of this course how employers are looking to support schools and colleges by enthusing their future STEM workforce. As you engage with employers and build a working relationship, make sure that you are connected with your careers leader, involving them in discussions and sharing contact information. Our experience has found that employer engagement is often with a particular teacher and not made strategically at a careers leader level. With your Careers Leader engaged in the relationship, they can support you to develop the contact and ensure that should you change roles, the employer is still connected to your institution.

Using career networks and volunteer organisations

When thinking about working with employers to embed careers learning in the classroom, you will need to work with your careers leader, so they are aware of the contacts you are making.

There may be strategic relationships already being built, and for sustainability, it’s important that all teachers are working together. We look more at working with colleagues in Week 4.

Your careers leader may also be able to recommend employers already partnering with the school or college. You can also consider other potential sources of employer partners. In the UK, these include:


Spend 15-20 minutes looking at the local industries, career networks and volunteer organisations.

Create a short list of contacts for your own reference (don’t share contact details here). This is a useful list that you might wish to work with your careers leader to develop opportunities.

In the comments below, briefly summarise which networks and organisations you feel will be of most use to you.

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Linking Curriculum Learning to STEM Careers

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