School-Employer Partnership Information

The main purpose of the DYW regional groups is to tackle the problem of youth unemployment through the linking of education with employers from a wide variety of job sectors. Through the help of this interaction with employers will help young  people leave education with the skills, experience and knowledge needed to thrive in a workplace environment.

In order to capture the effectiveness and progress of education and employer interactions, the following school-employer partnership model has been developed and designed to ensure that parity, equity, shared learning, shared impact and sustainability are the focus of the model with the hope of ensuring sustained employer relationships for schools that will see businesses working closely with teachers to develop pupil learning outcomes.

As the model demonstrates, there are three types of school – employer partnerships known as Engage, Collaborate and Influence.


  • Occurs at the very start of a school-employer partnership and involves an employer engaging with school pupils for the first time for what might be a one off event/activity but can also lead to businesses developing a collaborative or eventually influencing relationship with schools. The use of Marketplace and Founders4Schools allows employers to initially engage with multiple schools through the offer of school talks, industry visits and many other activities.


  • Is defined as a longer-term school-employer partnership where businesses may attend more than one school event and become increasingly involved with many events such as work experience provision, mock interviews, mentoring and apprenticeship opportunities. Employers in the collaborative category may also be taking the first steps to working with schools to influence curriculum development and pupil learning.


  • Relationships finally occur when collaborative type interactions have been happening for a long length of time that sees an employer working very closely with a school or several schools to improve the learning outcomes of pupils through a direct curriculum influence. Through time and effort from the employer and corresponding school(s) creates long-term sustainable relationships and will usually have the approval of both employers and education professionals as the benefits of the partnership are evident over time. Employers in the influencing category may be involved in lesson planning, delivering workplace related sessions in the classroom, meeting with teachers regarding labour market intelligence, mock interviews, work experience provision, mentoring, apprenticeship formation and other regular, influential pupil activities.

At DYW West Highland, we highly value and appreciate any type of meaningful employer engagement that benefits pupils and encourages them to think about their skill development, workplace knowledge and future career aspirations. As we move from face-to-face interaction in the interim, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will be inviting  employers from all partnership levels to consider using technological means such as blogs, videos, industry content and video call conferencing to continue engaging with pupils and teachers regarding the world of work.

More information about the school-employer partnerships can also be found through looking at the School-Employer Partnership Framework to see how this should work in practice from an educational and employers’ perspective. Page one is most relevant for education (Career Education Standard 3-18 ‘I can statements’) and page two is most relevant to employers. For more information on how to get involved with DYW West Highland, please contact the team on: [email protected]Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn