A social background should not determine a young person's success at school and beyond.

School girls dressed in navy uniform smiling and chatting

Our mission is for business to play its part so that every child, particularly those facing social disadvantage, is able to achieve in education, leading to a successful working life, thriving in the workplace. 

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  • Offering engaging and personal development of current workforce
  • The UK is facing real skills gaps, by working with schools you are creating a pipeline for future talent
  • Raising your business’ profile in the community
  • Attracting new business

The Education campaign calls to action for business are:

  • For every business to scale up the careers support it offers schools, to meet the government target of a meaningful engagement every year for every secondary school child
  • For every business to commit to a whole school approach – because education attainment is vital to the future of our economy. 
  • For every business to build skills into their schools engagement – resilience and other employability skills, as well as numeracy, literacy and the wide range of skills that are vital to the future economy.  


David Soane Steve Holliday, CEO, National Grid and Chair of the Talent and Skills Leadership Team

Education Leadership Team

Chair: David Soanes, UK Country Head, UBS

Employment and Skills Leadership Team

Chair: Steve Holliday, former CEO, National Grid


What our leadership is saying:

Over the past ten years, nearly 30,000 business volunteers from over 1,190 businesses have reached more than 277,000 young people by engaging in Business Class activities.  My enormous thanks go to the extraordinary business leaders who have made that happen.  Now, we need to scale up to reach the government target of engagement with every secondary school child, every year, by 2020” 
David Soanes, UK Country Head, UBS and Chair, Education Leadership team.

“To solve the challenges that humanity will face in the years to come, the world needs an increasing number of talented people with a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) who will continue to drive progress and innovation. BP has been supporting schools across the UK for 50 years, inspiring teachers and inspiring students, aiming to demonstrate a real-world context for STEM subjects.  As the BITC National Champion for STEM education, we use the Business Class framework in our own schools' partnerships, and we are glad to have created guidance to support others to do the same”
Peter Mather, Group Regional President, Europe & Head of Country, UK, BP

Key contacts

Katy Neep

Rachael Saunders
Director of Education

Catherine Sermon
Director of Employability

Six ways your business can take action on Education


Establish a long-term, sustainable partnership with a school. Ensure this is rooted in the needs of the school and delivers on business priorities.


Provide at least four experiences of the world of work. Four interventions by business reduce a young person's likelihood of becoming NEET by five times.


Invest in and support school staff. Business has a unique role to play in supporting schools to enhance and enrich the development of all school staff including teachers.


Bring the world of work to life - provide opportunities for young people to understand career pathways and the skills and competencies to build successful working lives.


Collaborate with other businesses - to benefit from their insight and work together to overcome common challenges.


Be an inspiration.  Offer employees coaching and mentoring opportunities with young people to enhance their own skills as well as supporting young people to reach their potential.

Related programmes

Students from a Business Class school at Hackney Careers Fair A young person learning skills on the job Careers lab Kerry Roberts - young person working in food production

Business Class

Bringing businesses and schools together to form long-term, strategic partnerships to support young people facing disadvantage. 


In partnership with City & Guilds Group, a campaign to break down barriers in recruitment and create quality accessible jobs for all young people

Careers Lab

Enabling schools and businesses to work together on careers education, equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to succeed.

Bright Crop

Inspiring young talent to explore the wide choice of careers in farming and food supply.


LifeSkills is a free, curriculum-linked resource for young people and schools which aims to inspire, educate and empower young people aged 11 – 24