Businesses learn the benefits of going ‘back to school’

Press Release: 22/07/2008

Secondary School students

Businesses across Winchester are working in partnership with Solent Skill Quest (SSQ) in a bid to explore the two-way benefits of working with schools across the district.

Susan Wilson from SSQ, the local education business partnership, is visiting district wide businesses to explore ways to help them work closely with education providers in Winchester.

Susan Wilson, Business Development Manager at Solent Skill Quest, said:

"There are many opportunities for businesses to become involved with schools and colleges. They can take on work placement students, host visits from classes, go into schools to talk about their industry, offer mentoring or working lunches, and much more. There is also an opportunity for businesses to share their industry knowledge and experience, to aid the development of new qualifications and teaching materials for the schools."

One of the key areas that will offer opportunities for businesses and schools is the new diploma system for 14-19 year olds. The diploma system is designed to provide students with greater workplace skills; using business expertise to help teachers develop curricular resources.

Cllr George Beckett, Leader of Winchester City Council, is keen to see local businesses explore ways to engage with education providers in Winchester. He said:

"With so many changes taking place in the education system, especially for 14-19 year olds, this is a perfect time for our business community to get involved. From the short term benefits of providing temporary work placements to the longer term impact of improving skills across the industry, there are many benefits to be gained from working closely with our schools, colleges and universities."

The local 14-19 consortium of schools and colleges includes Peter Symonds College, Sparsholt College, Perins School in Alresford, Henry Beaufort School, The Westgate School and Kings’ School.

Businesses wanting to find out more should contact Susan Wilson on 023 8072 5725 or log onto