26 June 2018

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CBI Scotland launches new business-school interaction survey

The CBI is conducting a short survey on business-school interaction in Scotland.

CBI Scotland launches new business-school interaction survey

The aim of the survey is to establish the extent of current engagement and to better understand the benefits and challenges faced by Scottish businesses in undertaking these activities. The findings will be used to provide recommendations to both business and government.

CBI Scotland’s Pursuing Prosperity report, published last year, identified education and skills as a key driver of regional productivity differences across Scotland. This new survey forms part of a programme of work being taken forward throughout 2018, aimed at breaking the productivity challenge down into practical steps that business can take to help boost productivity and economic growth.

The survey is now open and will run until the end of July. There are ten questions and it takes less than five minutes to complete. We are keen to gain as broad an overview as possible so would be grateful if you could take the time to complete the survey or ask a colleague to do so.

Businesses across Scotland have a crucial role to play in ensuring our education system equips young people with the attributes they need to succeed. Developing a broad range of skills and an understanding of the world of work, as well as the opportunities it offers, is vital.

Previous CBI research has shown there is a link between the proportion of firms offering work experience placements and productivity in a local area. Conducting work inspiration activities with students plays a similar role, for example through site visits, mentoring, mock interviews and enterprise competitions.

CBI Scotland has called for all young people having at least four high quality contacts with the world of work during their secondary education and the survey findings will be used to help support businesses to improve their engagement with the education system.

If you have any questions about the survey, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Gregor Scotland at gregor.scotland@cbi.org.uk.