Since 2004 Ernst & Young in the UK and Ireland has been developing sustainable partnerships with state schools in recognition of the important role they play both in the development of young people and the local community. At a global level, we have made a further commitment to broaden access to education to ensure the next generation has the skills it needs to make a positive contribution to society.
We are very proud of our award winning Education Partnership Programme (EPP) in the UK and Ireland. The EPP framework takes its lead from how we engage with our clients, by seeking to establish long-term, sustainable partnerships with schools, enabling both parties to fully understand each other’s ethos, culture, strengths and needs, plan for the long term, and jointly develop and deliver solutions. We have partner schools across the UK and Ireland, with each partnership unique and designed to meet local needs. We take a ‘whole school’ approach, working with students and teachers, and providing strategic support and investing money in improvements.
We focus on areas of young people’s development on which we believe we can have the greatest positive impact. These include raising entrepreneurial skills and commercial awareness, supporting basic literacy and numeracy skills, and increasing employability skills such as creative thinking, teaming and body language, education and career options.
We also aim to increase self awareness and confidence, and continually challenge students to achieve their potential. We also provide professional and skills development coaching for teachers, ideas and information for lessons, and offer our people to help run lessons and workshops alongside staff, including as governors. We also use our business networks to identify new supporters and ideas for schools.
The EPP has achieved a Big Tick from Business in the Community in recognition of its impact on young people every year since 2006. As a flagship programme, it played a significant role in Ernst & Young becoming one of the first businesses to achieve the CommunityMark, again from Business in the Community.
Key relationships which support education include school partnerships, The Prince’s Trust, Comic Relief, Young Enterprise, and Red Balloon.