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Education Business Partnership (EBP)

Cornwall Education Business Partnership (CEBP) works with:

  • employers
  • schools and
  • colleges

to help young people prepare for the world of work.  Developing knowledge, character and employability skills.  This is done through a range of careers related activities and work experience. While increasing social mobility and challenging stereotypes.

What we do

For over twenty-five years, Cornwall EBP has delivered motivational programmes for young people.

Through a range of activities and events we aim to:

  • increase enterprise and entrepreneurship skills.
  • support meaningful work experience.
  • provide impartial ‘real world’ careers information linked to the local labour market.
  • raise achievement, aspiration, progression and decision making in young people
  • develop Cornwall’s future workforce and economy

Our current programmes

Funded by UK Government LogoCornwall Council logoCouncil of the Isles of Scilly logoYep! logoLevelling Up logoGood Growth logo

The Yep! programme is for young people aged 16 to 24y years living in Cornwall who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), or are at risk of NEET. This includes those who may have special educational needs or are in other vulnerable groups. 

We are one of eleven project partners. We are working together to help young people improve their confidence and resilience in relation to their readiness for work.

Yep! is a staged programme. It starts with an assessment of the young person’s individual circumstances and needs. The offer is based on their readiness for the labour market - the greater the need /distance, the more intensive the support. 

If you are interested in learning more, or would like to refer yourself or a young person that you think would benefit from Yep! please visit the website.

Visit Yep!

The project is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Cornwall Council has been chosen by the UK Government as a Lead Authority for the fund. We are responsible for monitoring the progress of projects funded through the Fund in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is part of the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place, and increase life chances across the UK by investing in:

  • communities and place
  • supporting local business, and
  • people and skills

For more information, visit the UK Government website. . 

When pupils learn about the world of work before age 11, it can improve their:

  • learning outcomes
  • behaviour and emotional resilience, and
  • can ease the transition from primary to secondary.

Research by Education and Employers has shown that meeting people from the world of work helps to:

  • broaden young people’s horizons
  • raise their aspirations, and
  • increase motivation to learn

which leads to improvements in attainment and also helps tackle stereotypical views.

EBP provides support to primary schools to enrich pupils’ learning about the world of work. We do this by:

  • engaging curriculum-based projects
  • interactive assemblies, and
  • group activities

introducing them to people and the work they do in their communities - and beyond. For example, to enrich the ‘Polar Regions’ curriculum topic for year 1 pupils, EBP arranged a ‘live’ link to meet a real Polar Explorer. They learned about her experiences working at the South Pole. It brought to life her encounters with penguins, walruses and whales while in the Antarctic.

We support Primary Futures. This provides free careers related learning resources to primary schools. 

The Importance of STEM Education:

  • STEM education is a crucial part of a balanced curriculum
  • STEM education can lead to exciting career options
  • STEM education can provide skills for a Modern World

Cornwall Education Business Partnership aim to enhance STEM education by:

  • supporting engaging STEM events
  • working with Local educators and employers
  • working with National STEM organisations

Current Events and Projects

We engage with local and national businesses to work schools.

To provide young people with meaningful employer encounters and experiences of the workplace.

Research from Education and Employers shows that a young person who has four or more employer encounters is:

  • 86% less likely to be Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)
  • Earn up to 22% more during their career

Cornwall Education Business Partnerships Key Stage 3,4 and 5 delivery includes:

  • STEM careers-related learning
  • ‘Have a go’ activities
  • ‘Escape Room’ skills challenge
  • Employer safaris
  • Management of work experience 
  • Supporting events for work experience. Including: health, safety and welfare preparation for work experience  
  • Employability skills development programmes
  • Careers Fairs
  • Activities linking careers to the curriculum
  • Passport to Work Experience

Work experience is a government scheme offered to school students in Year 10 or above. The student has a placement at an employer's premises. Students carry out particular tasks or duties, more or less as would an employee. The emphasis is on the learning aspects of the experience.

Visit the Work Experience page

All of our services available for schools to purchase, together with our resources and information. You can also find articles and updates from us about our current projects and what your students can get involved with.

Visit our Service to Schools area

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