Voluntary Work: Schools

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 26th June 2014.

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Photo of David Blunkett David Blunkett Labour, Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage businesses to free up their staff to volunteer in local schools.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock The Minister for Universities and Science, Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Jointly with the Department for Education)

In the Careers Inspiration Vision Statement, launched in September 2013, we stated that we believe employers and schools must do more in partnership together and that the best mentoring and motivation comes from people in jobs. The revised statutory guidance to schools on careers reflects this. We have been working with key organisations that deliver inspirational careers activity. This, alongside the improved National Careers Service, will make it easier for businesses to identify opportunities to volunteer in schools and to recognise the benefits such as a more well-informed future workforce.

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