SERS joins Business in the Community Initiative

14th March 2014
SERS have been teamed up with a Merthyr Tydfil school as part of the Business in the Community’s Business Class partnership programme. SERS has linked up with Cyfarthfa High School. Cyfarthfa High School, established in 1970, has more than 1200 pupils aged from 11 to 18.

The partnership will help pupils at the school get a better understanding of the world of work and learn skills which will help their employability and careers.

SERS has carried out work on a number of tower blocks in the Merthyr Tydfil area in association with Merthyr Valley Homes.

As part of the three-year Business Class partnership, pupils from the school will get the chance to see numerous SERS projects at close quarters, and understand the skills required and career choices available. They will also visit SERS’ offices and training academy in Caerphilly.

SERS employees will spend time in the school supporting the curriculum talking to pupils about a wide range of business and industry issues. Support will also come from Careers Wales.

There will also be Dragon’s Den-style events to encourage pupils to come up with business ideas and encourage entrepreneurship. Pupils will also be assessed for employability and given guidance on looking for work and meeting the expectations of would-be employers.
In addition, SERS will help with the school’s marketing activities, and bring the curriculum to life with business challenges and opportunities to show enterprise.

Business in the Community works with many thousands of businesses to encourage sustainable relationships between businesses and the community around them and foster responsible businesses. The Business Class programme helps youngsters engage with and understand business and make informed career choices.

SERS human resources director Kevin Ruane said the Business in the Community initiative was a great way of bringing local businesses and schools together in the common interest.
If we are to do it properly and achieve the scheme’s objectives, this will require a lot of commitment from the company and its employees, but we are determined to ensure that the partnership works and the pupils get real benefit from it. Since it began in 2007, the Business Class initiative has shown that it can result in significant increases in student employability and academic achievement, so it has a proven track record of raising student aspirations.
Kevin Ruane, HR Director
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