Business Class is a Government-endorsed programme, which provides a systematic and proven framework for developing partnerships that are rooted in the needs of the school and underpinned by strategic support and collaborative action.
There are currently over 200 Business Class partnerships across the UK. The aim is to build 500 partnerships by 2015 which will positively impact on the lives of over 75,000 young people
Head Teachers drive the agenda, determining, through a detailed needs-assessment process, their priorities for their business partner across four key areas:
• Leadership and Governance
• The Curriculum
• Enterprise and Employability
• Wider Issues
Each school is partnered with a business which supports it over a minimum three year period. Working closely with Business in the Community, John Laing have committed to a three year partnership with the Paddington Academy, one of five separate partnerships in the Westminster Cluster, the other businesss include Wates, Visa Europe, Cluttons and Prudential.
Each partnership forms part of a localised cluster involving a diverse range of businesses from a variety of sectors. The cluster meets termly to share best practice, identify common challenges and accelerate improvements. Localised learning is shared with clusters further afield, and used to shape and inform policy responses.
For the period January 2013 to April 2014 John Laing invested a total of 93 volunteers as employee volunteers and 305 hours (43 working days) in their Business Class engagement.