The BIG Alliance's business support for schools programme seeks to create partnerships with secondary schools in Islington by providing business volunteers to support programmes in three key areas: young people; leadership and governance and supporting professional development.

We have activities that develop the key competencies employers are looking for when hiring young people.  These competencies are developed through working with professional business volunteers on fun, interactive sessions developed in partnership with our business members.

Activities available for young people include:

  • Career Insight Visits
  • Senior Student Training
  • Leadership Training
  • Enterprise Challenge
  • Women in the Workplace
  • Business Languages
  • Mock Interviews
  • Personal Statement Development
  • CV Development
  • Curriculum enrichment
  • Leadership, negotiation and teamwork
  • Time and Project Management
  • Networking and communication
  • Financial literacy
  • Work experience preparation and reflection workshops

Activities available to support leadership and governance and professional development include:

Take Your Teachers to Work day: A two to four hour session for teachers and relevant school staff to visit businesses in or near Islington to get up-to-date information on the functions behind the business, career pathways within different industries and skills employers are looking for, in order for them to support their students.

Peer Support: Our peer support programme offers headteachers and the senior leadership team the opportunity to be matched with a senior business volunteer.  Peers will set objectives for the relationship which could include looking at future career pathways, reviewing policies or focusing on management structures. The role of the senior corporate volunteer is to act as a critical friend for the duration of the relationship and support the school staff member to achieve those set objectives.  The relationship lasts one academic year with two hour-long meetings per term.

There is also the capacity to develop bespoke opportunities in line with the school’s strategic priorities and BIG Alliance member companies’ resource.