In the ever-evolving landscape of education and workforce development, the importance of cultivating relationships between employers and schools cannot be overstated.
These partnerships are key, not only to employers wanting to remain competitive in the world of workforce development, but also to equipping students with the skills and insights they need to chart their own fulfilling and successful career path.
But building these connections (and navigating between both the educational system and private businesses) has traditionally not been simple for either time-limited party.
That’s why we developed Compass to serve as a bridge connecting employers and school professionals, making it easier than ever to work together.
If you need a little convincing as to why this should be a priority for your business or school, this blog is for you. We’ll explore why these partnerships are a win-win for both employers and educators and, most importantly, for the students.
Why Employer-School Partnerships Matter
High school education is no longer just about academic achievement; it’s about equipping students with the skills, knowledge, and insights necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing job market. Employers play a pivotal role in this process, offering unique real-world perspectives and industry-specific guidance.
On the flip side, schools are essential in facilitating these connections. They serve as the bridge between students and employers, ensuring that young talent is exposed to a wide range of career opportunities and experiences.
Compass steps in to streamline this collaboration, making it more accessible and impactful.
By working together, students can get a better understanding of real careers and companies in their area and have a higher likelihood of staying local post-graduation.
Compass Makes Getting Connected Easy
Compass, our innovative workforce development platform, makes it easier than ever to foster employer-school partnerships. It allows employers to easily connect with school professionals for career-focused opportunities.
This is done through our unique “Employer Connections Database,” where employers can offer to participate in activities like guest speaking, job shadowing, career fairs, and more at schools across the region (or in their specific geographic area).
As a school professional, imagine having hundreds of company names at your fingertips with a person to call or email, knowing that the answer will be yes when you ask them to visit a class, come to a career fair, or talk to a student about their industry (vs. googling companies and hoping you find someone).
And employers, imagine putting your contact information and preferences into Compass once (requiring no more than 5 minutes) and it leading to schools in your area reaching out to you to get in front of promising students. No need to cold call individual schools to try to find the right contact or information about their opportunities.
That’s how easy Compass makes it to build those partnerships.