Fostering Business-Education Partnerships
“Guiding leaders and their communities in creating a new jobs and skilled talent era”
An important part of the RETAIN process is Imperial’s assistance in establishing or expanding business-educational institution partnerships. Imperial assists in the design and implementation of effective career education programs for K-12 students, education/training for adult post-secondary learners, and training programs for current employees.
One of the most significant obstacles in solving the jobs-skills gap is the lack of effective communication between people in the business world and the education community. A common business complaint is that the educational preparation of entry-level workers has not equipped them with the skills needed in the workplace. Business-education partnerships are an important means for aligning business and education expectations. There are many ways in which businesses and other organizations can cooperate with educators in preparing students for 21st-century careers including:
- Career exploration programs starting in elementary schools
- High school career academies
- Work-study programs jointly developed by businesses and community or technical colleges
- Internship and apprenticeship programs
- Post-secondary education for incumbent workers
Imperial’s consultants help communities explore the many types of programs available and implement those best suited to the community’s current situation and aspirations.