School Partnerships



What happens in a school partnership?

School partnerships are long-term, bespoke relationships between a company and a secondary school in their community.  

Partnership activities are varied and include factory site visits for different student groups such as food technology, engineering, business studies, marketing and design technology. Other activities include NPD project-based competitions and lesson takeovers to bring the curriculum to life, interview skills and CV best practice workshops and practice mock assessments.

Since the programme began in 2017:

  • 3,600 students have been trained
  • 31% of activities were focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)
  • 99% of teachers agreed their students’ skills were developed
  • 97% of company volunteers had a ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ experience
  • 89% of students feel more prepared for the world of work

How does IGD support companies?

Companies benefit from IGD’s experience and expertise in running pre-employability and skills programmes. We save you time by helping to build relationships, develop and deliver impactful activities and share best practice.

You can find out more about School Partnerships by downloading the ‘School Partnerships brochure’ and the ‘Terms of Engagement’ on the right.

Contact [email protected] if you’d like to discuss establishing a partnership with a local school.

How do schools benefit from a school partnership?

School partnerships help schools to build a strong careers programme and is in line with the Gatsby benchmarks. Employer-led activities help students better understand the world of work and develop the skills required to succeed. The programme also helps them understand the relevance of how their subjects and how it can lead to a wide range of career paths. Through partnerships, teachers are also upskilled on local labour market knowledge and routes into our industry.

Find out more about partnerships by downloading the ‘Schools Guide to Partnerships’ on the right.

Download this brochure if you’re a company and want more information.

Download this brochure if you’re a school and want more information.

Find out more about the impact of our school programmes and how you can spread the word.