In the community
Acknowledging our commitment to corporate social responsibility and our need to give back to the community has led to PBS UK being awarded the Community Mark.
The activities PBS staff have been involved in with in the local community are outlined below.
Right to read
The programme seeks to recruit company employees to support children's reading activities. Employees become a 'volunteer reading partner' and spend one hour per week listening to and reading with primary school children. The satisfaction gained by the employees and the improvement in the children's reading activities demonstrates what a positive impact this campaign is having on the local community.
A training day that puts approx 200 pupils working in groups of 10 through 4 exercises. The day focuses on enterprise and key employability skills such as the ability to communicate, present and work to deadlines.
This involves members of staff giving up their time to visit local schools and conduct 1 to 1 sessions with pupils. The objective is to offer help and guidance to pupils in their final year.
This involves mentoring with children of primary school age via e-mail. There are currently a number of PBS employees currently taking part in this initiative.
Skills Plus Launches
The Managing Director of PBS delivers a speech to a year group of students to cover what skills employers look for in their staff. The time is also used to stress how attending school and being punctual is good training for working life.
Adopt a School
Through the Adopt a School Programme, businesses are encouraged to adopt a school and give young people hands-on learning experiences in specific industry sectors. Adopt a School's objective is to get businesses involved in school-based learning, and students involved in work-based learning. It builds strong and ongoing partnerships between businesses and schools, which benefit all those involved.