Business Partnerships

At Buttershaw, we strongly believe that partnerships between business and the education sector are key to ensuring students learn the necessary skills for the jobs of the future.

Some of our more recent activities are outlined below:

In communities – Junior GEM programme

After a rigorous application process, several of our post-16 students were accepted onto this business led innovative and engagement programme. Each student completes the one year course with Incommunities staff alongside his/her current AS choices. They complete E- learning modules and coursework, participate in classroom teaching and experience job shadowing and sector specific workshops. Their personal business mentors guide them throughout the programme. After being awarded their Chartered Institute of Housing

Level 3 qualification, students participate in a two week work placement with Incommunities, in an area of their own choice.

Subject area links

Most of our subject areas have business partner interaction. These can include motivational talks, Skype sessions, industry insight days, career discussions and interactive face to face sessions. Our industry experts also explain some of the more complex elements of the students’ learning and how these are applied in the workplace.

Digital Advantage for example, recently worked with 60 year 10 students in school. Students gained an invaluable insight into the digital sector, developed their social media skills and created an app to address mental health in young people.

“There are lots of different jobs in the digital sector that I had never even heard of”
“If you get the chance to do something like this, take it!”
“Brilliant, I have learnt loads.”

UK Careers Academy – Personal Finance

This one year programme runs alongside students’ current AS choices. After an employer led application and interview process, the successful students gain access into sector specific workshops, guru lectures, aspirational and cultural visits, are allocated a personal business mentors and receive a paid internship. Some of our partners include the CII, Yorkshire Bank Plc, Provident Financial Services, Santander UK, the Lloyds Banking Group and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC)

Work Placements

Insight into the world of work is often found through work placements and at BBEC we are committed to providing a variety of experiences for our post-16 and year 10 students. Through our business partner relationships, we currently have a diverse and varied number of placements within, for example, finance, housing, horticulture, The NHS, HR, teaching, law, engineering, the digital sector and retail.

Aspirations Evening

We are committed to ensuring that every student can develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. We run a bi-annual event for Year 8 students which our FLP primary school Year 6 students also attend, and an annual evening event for our Year 10-11 and Year 13 students and parent/carers. This is one of the largest careers fairs in the region. Both cater for all levels of academic ability, are interactive and our aspirations evening has a minimum of 65 business partners, educational and training providers in attendance. Students learn about the variety of jobs currently in the workplace and the career pathways available in order to gain access to them. The students complete interactive quizzes to help them find careers best suited to their current skills and also participate in high calibre, sector specific workshops. These are developed using student data collected from within our CEIAG programme. The selection of bases is based on our student surveys and local market information.

Year group programmes

In addition to selected cohorts of students, we also run whole/part year group programmes. For example, we have established a valuable and sustainable partnership with a local business provider, Yorkshire Water. Recently, we ran an extremely successful whole year group programme, consisting of an application process, teamwork and problem solving sessions and interviews. Six students successfully gained work placements within the company. Yorkshire Water colleagues have also led staff training programmes, community cohesion activities and student mentor programmes.


We are committed to retaining our links with our alumni and they regularly participate in school activities.

We are constantly building our alumni database. If you are interested in working with us in the future, please complete the form on this website or contact Susan Stewart on the email address below.

Governing Body

We recognise the advantages of having an employer representation on our school governing body, with responsibility for helping to provide our young people with direct exposure to the world of work.

If you are interested in working with us or would like further details, please contact Susan Stewart on the following:

  • 01274 805681

A selection of the business partners and FE providers we have worked with most recently are listed below:

  • The Royal Navy
  • Gleeds
  • West Yorkshire Fire Service
  • The University of Bradford
  • Wm Morrison’s
  • The RAF
  • Santander Uk
  • Pinnacle Performance Development Ltd – Occupational Psychologist
  • Department for Work & Pensions (DWP)
  • AHR Architects
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • In Communities
  • Dame Kelly Holmes Foundation
  • The NHS