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Bridging the schools to work gap

Frank reports...

At our meeting on May 6th, Laura Mason CEO and Sharon Maddison, Programme Lead Adviser outlined the role and activities of the North Yorkshire Business and Educational Partnership. (NYBEP Ltd)

Originally established in 1992 NYBEP now employ a staff of 25 located in Heslington Science Park who work in partnership with Local Authorities , Employers, and various fund partners to support schools and students to enrich their learning, develop new skills for the workplace and inspire learners to have a successful future.


Each year they provide work-related activities that focus on career exploration, employer engagement, information advice and guidance, developing employability skills and knowledge, understanding the value of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and raising aspirations.

Last year they worked with over 40,000 students in 170 schools and around 3,600 businesses in North Yorkshire.

They outlined the increasing pressures schools and teachers face and their emphasis is to tailor the programmes to fit the needs of their learners and achieve a better fit between what is offered to young people and the needs of the labour market.

Sharon Maddison (l) and Laura Mason

Questions and subsequent discussions established that there is a degree of overlap with some long established Rotary youth projects and there is scope for Rotary to develop a much closer working relationship with the partnership.

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