Business Education Alliance

Inspire the future workforce through the Business Education Alliance

Give back to Barnsley with opportunities for your SME to work with young people to prepare them for the world of work.

The Business Education Alliance supports collaboration between schools and employers to raise the aspirations and ambitions of Barnsley’s young people. For businesses, it is a chance to grow deeper connections in the community, increase awareness of your business and help reduce skill shortages across Barnsley.

How to get involved

You can help to provide young people with meaningful encounters with businesses, employers and employees so that they can benefit from experiences of workplaces. We have lots of opportunities for you to get involved, with various options to suit you. You could help by:

  • signing up to our programme and join our network of employers in Barnsley by emailing
  • providing a video of your career profile
  • hosting a virtual talk offering advice on general employability skills and the sort of qualities employers like you value
  • giving a talk to students and answering career questions
  • joining in with other employers in a school speed career session
  • setting a short task for young people to work on to gain some experience
  • joining one of our popular mock interview sessions
  • taking part in mentoring sessions with students
  • getting involved in CV workshops
  • offering workplace visits, placements and shadowing.

When working with schools as an employer, you will be supporting careers education by sharing your insights, knowledge and experience as a positive role model for students. You will not be required to have extended knowledge of careers, and you will not be responsible for student behaviour.

Our past events

Penistone Grammar careers speed networking

Year 10 students at Penistone Grammar School had the opportunity to learn about the range of businesses and jobs available in Barnsley at our careers speed networking event in July.

They had the chance to speak with over 20 different employers, learning about each business and the different careers available to young people.

Deputy Principal Nick Green said, “It has been beneficial for students to be presented with a variety of employers and to go and find out more information and discover things they didn’t know. The event has allowed students to engage with employers and develop their employability skills.”

We want to thank our volunteers from businesses across Barnsley who attended the careers speed networking event and for contributing to help raise young people’s career aspirations and introduce them to the world of work.

'I Enjoyed it. The employers were all friendly and extremely helpful. I liked the range of jobs shown'

This project is funded by the European Social Fund.

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