Opening Doors to Business Launch

The joint RSA Academies/NWedR Opening Doors to Business programme aims to replace traditional careers fairs with new, more impact intensive ways, of ensuring that local school pupils had an increased awareness of local opportunities open to them by visiting local employers in their workplaces.

Following a successful pilot last June, the programme had its official launch for 2018/19 at the Palace Theatre in Redditch on 24 January, with more than 40 employers, teachers, careers advisers and business leaders interested in helping young people to find out about the world of work attending.

The event was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the project and also provided an invaluable networking opportunity for businesses, organisations and schools. Andy Bywater, RSA Fellow and NWedR’s officer for Strategic Skills Development in North Worcestershire, and Arvind Batra, our cross-Family KS3 Careers Coordinator, presented on the 2018/19 plans including a comprehensive brochure that contains information about local businesses for schools to use. Roisin Ellison, RSA Academies Senior Coordinator, presented on the recently published careers strategy from the government, which links strongly with the aims of Opening Doors. A film showcasing the 2017/19 pilot was also premiered.

As reported by the NWedR (North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration), Arvind Batra said of the event:

“It was inspiring to see the business and school community of Redditch get together for the benefit of the young people in our schools. Opening Doors is a great platform to support careers education and both the schools and businesses welcomed the opportunity to network at the event. Teachers were very thankful at the ease and simplicity of the project, a model which is a very cost-effective solution for all involved.”

And Lee Weatherly, Chair of NWedR, commented:

“It is clear from the feedback at the event that the Opening Doors initiative is now gathering momentum and we have a committed group of teachers, careers advisors and business leaders on board and ready to take it forward.”