Working with Employers

Connecting education with business

Employers have consistently raised concerns that young people are leaving education without key employability skills and a general awareness of the world of work. Many are frustrated by the failings of the traditional two week ‘work experience’ block, and share the view that more must be done to improve the authenticity of work experience and the quality of employer engagement in education.

Isle Of Wight Studio School addresses this; strong links with local employers lie at the heart of our model. Employability skills will run through all aspects of the curriculum, from the way students learn to the qualifications they achieve. Crucially, Studio School students spend a significant portion of their weekly time in real work. This allows them to develop the skills and experience they need to succeed in their local labour market.

Furthermore, research shows that, through working with Studio Schools, employers can improve their productivity and competitiveness. The shortage of employability skills is one of the biggest threats to businesses. Employers can ensure that young people develop these skills by helping to shape the curriculum and type of qualifications offered in Studio Schools.

If you would like more information about getting involved with Isle Of Wight Studio School please contact us:

These employers are already fully committed to the development of Isle of Wight Studio School:

  • Associated British Ports
  • SeaSafe Systems Ltd
  • UKSA
  • NSR Flooring
  • BAE Systems
  • RNLI Inshore Life Boat Centre
  • Navigate IT
  • IFPL
  • Datum Electrical
  • GKN Aerospace
  • Soiar Renewables
  • Business South

Our Employers Say

ABP need the assurance that an educated, skilled and employable workforce is being nurtured for the future. It is vital for our economic growth that we have the best of the best driving our businesses forward. The Studio School will do just that and we are very much looking forward to working with the school to give these young people the skills they need to become an important part of that workforce.

Doug Morrison

Director, ABP Port

Our multinational company is successful because of the skills and abilities of the people who work for us. We are keen to support local young people who are motivated and enthusiastic at work as well as technologically able. We see our relationship with Isle of Wight Studio School being an important part of our contribution to skills development here on the island.

Tim Blake

Head of Commercial Maritime Services, BAE Systems

As a youth charity working with a wide range of young people, we recognise the need for alternative options to mainstream education. We look forward to working with the Island Studio School, offering life and work skills essential for a bright future.

Richard Thornton

Chief Executive, UKSA - Maritime Training

We recently advertised for an apprentice and received many more applications than expected. Unfortunately many of the applicants did not have the skills or attributes we were looking for. We are keen supporters of Isle of Wight Studio School because we want to help develop young people on the island to be able to step into good quality, sustainable, local jobs.

Carl Baker

Business Development Manager, RNLI

It is so important to offer as many forms of education as we can, to give our young people the best possible opportunity to make the transition from education to the workplace. The Isle of Wight Studio School is one such initiative.

Jeremy Dale

MD, SeaSafe Systems Ltd

NSR Flooring are excited about Studio School coming to East Cowes in 2015. With schools like this allowing young people to prepare for working life can only be of a huge benefit to them and to businesses’ like ourselves. We believe 100% that Studio Schools will help mould determined, skilled & confident young people to help continue driving businesses forward into the next generation of business men & women.

Victoria Powell-Rowland

NSR Flooring

It is so important to offer as many forms of education as we can, to give our young people the best possible opportunity to make the transition from education to the workplace. The Isle of Wight Studio School is one such initiative.

Garry Hernes

General Manager, GKN Aerospace

It is vital to our business, and to our clients’ businesses, that young people today are prepared to step seamlessly into work. We need to be confident that the education of our future work force is keeping ahead of our requirements to enable us to compete in an extremely competitive and tough world. The Studio School has 100% support from Carswell Gould.

Gill Gould

Carswell Gould

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