The Barnsley Business Education Alliance helps to inspire local students

Barnsley Council’s Employment and Skills service works with schools and colleges across the borough to inspire students to the world of work with help from local businesses.   

The Business Education Alliance recently worked with Kirk Balk Academy to give 31 Year 10 students behind-the-scenes insight into what it's like to work in hospitality and catering at Wortley Hall. The students were able to see how a hotel operates and explore the different functions, applying this to what they’ve learned through their course.  

Johnathan, the General Manager who led the visit, said: “Hosting a school visit was a privilege. As an organisation, we were able to show first-hand what a working hospitality business is like and hopefully plant some seeds which will one day be the future chefs, housekeepers, bar staff and managers that the industry needs.”  

One of the Year 10 students, said: “I found it really interesting when we got the opportunity to speak with Johnathan about how he got to be in the role of General Manager at Wortley Hall.” 

We have also supported businesses to get involved in Year 10 careers fairs and Year 11 employer talks. Earlier this year, 13 local employers volunteered to attend a speed networking event which helped over 250 Year 9 students to grow their confidence in speaking to employers so they can explore future career paths. From these events, one student said: “I enjoyed learning about the different careers and personal journeys of the people that work in the businesses.”  

Giving back to your community is a great way to establish local connections and raise awareness of your business. There are many ways that local employers can inspire the future workforce and prepare young people for the world of work. Find out more and get in touch at

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