The Opening Doors to Business programme provides the opportunity for new more impact intensive ways of ensuring that school pupils have an increased awareness of local opportunities open to them and have meaningful encounters with local employers.

First implemented in Wyre Forest, led by OGL computer and a consortium of schools (CONTINu),  a pilot was then led by a joint partnership between RSA Academies and the NWEDR (North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration Service) involving schools and employers in Redditch. This led to the development of the online brochure in Redditch, opening the opportunity to more local schools and employers and leading to a regional award for most ‘Innovative Partnership of the Year’ from the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Building on this success the RSA Academy in Tipton has been working alongside the Black Country Skills Factory to bring Opening Doors in the Black Country to support the Career Hub Activities. Opening Door to Business in the Black Country covers four local authorities (Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton). The brochure, containing information about local businesses for schools to use, can be found on the Black Country Skills Factory website.

Opening Doors to Business Brochures

Redditch Opening Doors to Business

Black Country Opening Doors to Business

This exciting and important project has been made possible by an innovative partnership between the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, NWedR, Black Country Skills Factory, and Arvind Batra, RSA Academies Cross-Family Careers Coordinator.

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Date Started 2017
Date Finished Ongoing
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