In the course of my day job I talk to a great many businesses and business owners both large and small but predominately those that fall into the Small and Medium Sized category about how they should make the time to develop good relationships with their local schools, colleges and training providers. The response invariably is that they either ‘haven’t got the time’ or they ‘don’t see what they would get out of doing so’.
So what can a business get out of a close working relationship with their local school, college or training provider? Firstly, cooperation benefits the quality, effectiveness and attractiveness of the courses or training that the local providers are delivering, meaning that students, who lets not forget are the businesses future workforce, are better equipped with the skills that the business will need to help them grow and make them more successful.
One of the crucial benefits for a business is that it provides them with an opportunity to shape the training of both current and future employees thereby ensuring that their workforce has the skills they need to tackle the challenges they face both now and in the future.
Cooperation can take many forms such as; sharing resources like state of the art equipment; developing course material together to make learning more relevant; exchanging staff, which increases understanding between business and education as well as providing CPD opportunities and increased motivation among all involved; creating additional opportunities for work-based learning and organising company visits.
It really is a ‘win, win’ for all involved and doesn’t have to be overly time consuming for the business. If done correctly, this cooperation can also function as a Talent ID scheme, enabling business to spot future employees saving them recruitment costs in the long run.