Are you thinking of engaging with your local school, but not sure what you’ll get out of it? We spoke to small businesses, during our recent research, who are currently working in schools to find out the benefits. 1. It’s good for your business’s image Small business found that working with their local school raised their profile in the community and boosted their image. “I think it’s really important to engage with community and give something back. It might seem like a waste of time but there are also intrinsic benefits to your business, it gets your name out and improves the organisation’s image.” 2. New perspectives Small firms found that young people had new insights on how they worked and even picked up a tip or two on how to engage on social media: “Although the work experience is ultimately about helping the students to gain particular skills and understanding, it is also beneficial to us as an organisation. We really benefit from the input of young people. Young people communicate in an entirely different way, with the use of social media, and we’ve really been able to learn from that. It’s much more of a two-way street.” 3. Giving back to the community Getting involved in schools provided industry with a readymade way to give something back to the community: “I definitely would, it’s great to give something back… I believe it’s very important for small businesses to get involved with their local communities.” 4. It can help young people Business engagement with schools can really help young people find the right career path and gain important experience for moving into the workplace: “Every child here is on a journey and sometimes we can see that journey happening in front of us and sometimes this occurs in schools, but every child learns and grows from the experience.” Not only that but schools appreciate how business engagement can really help boost a young person’s understanding: “Businesses can bring the curriculum to life – for example an employer showing the practical application of an understanding of acceleration.” See how the FSB have campaigned on this issue FSB Employment Protection from the FSB A wealth of important information and advice, available online in-case you face dismissal or discrimination claims and employment tribunals. Find out more You may also like 28 March 2017 Does Scotland’s Instagram digital strategy press the right buttons? 24 March 2017 Weekly Brief 12 - Friday 24 March 2017 24 March 2017 Corbyn and Clark address FSB Business show 29 July 2016 Weekly Brief 30 – Friday 29 July 2016 17 May 2016 Banks must do more to help small firms 05 February 2016 Winners of FSB Worldpay Awards announced!