STUDENTS’ career chances have been given a boost after a major employer teamed up with their school.
Marshalls has set up a three-year partnership with Park Lane Learning Trust in Exley, Halifax.
The scheme aims to help pupils develop vocational skills and raise their career aspirations.
Neil Davidson, corporate social responsibility manager at Marshalls, said the firm was delighted to be involved.
“This long-term partnership, which will involve our employees volunteering their time and resources, will add value to the school and its pupils,” he said.
Employees from across the business will take to the classroom to give one-to-one and group mentoring, plus workshops and career talks.
The collaboration is part of Business Class, the flagship education programme of the charity Business in the Community.
Steve Taylor, head teacher at Park Lane Learning Trust, said: “It is a wonderful opportunity for the school.
“The support we already receive from the Business in the Community is outstanding, but this opportunity is fabulous.
“We are really excited to be working with Marshalls and that this is the first Business Class partnership in Calderdale,” he said.
Liz Needleman, regional director at Business in the Community, said: “We are delighted that Marshalls are leading the way in bringing the successful Business Class programme to Calderdale.
“We will now be engaging other businesses in the area to join forces, and ensure we can offer schools the same level of strategic business support.
“We would be pleased to hear from any other like minded businesses that would be interested in joining the programme,” she added.