School trust seeks businesses to join employer forum

The trust which runs Richmond School is seeking local businesses to help students develop key skills in preparation for their working futures.

Areté Learning Trust’s employer forum aims to provide support to students in Years 7 to 13 from Richmond School and Sixth Form College, Northallerton School and Sixth Form College and Stokesley School and Sixth Form College, by providing knowledge, experience and expertise in career pathway guidance.

Starting with a virtual meeting, the forum will meet once a term and is looking for local businesses and professionals to join.

Ruth Hamer, careers advisor at the Areté Learning Trust said: “We are looking for businesses to share knowledge of their industries, their personal career journeys and their professional expertise to prepare our students for future success beyond school.

“We will be looking to build on our programme of assembly talks, work experience, mock interviews and work placements, ensuring that our students are supported and prepared.”

She continued: “We appreciate that businesses are busy, however any support is appreciated.

“Whether that is attending every employer forum meeting to help set direction, or attending on an ad hoc basis to share ideas and receive an update on our careers activities.

“You may be able to  provide a work placement or be a guest speaker in an assembly or group talk; we would be delighted to work with local professionals in all industries to help set up our students for a successful and meaningful working life.”

Bob Gaskell, services director at CU Phosco Lighting, a business based in Richmond, has been working with the trust to support the development of the employer forum and is currently assigned to Richmond School as their enterprise adviser.

Bob said: “As business leaders, it is our responsibility to inspire and support the workers of the future.  The Employers Forum will give students real-life experience of work as well as support and guidance in choosing the best career pathway.”

Interested businesses can register at: