Employer Engagement

Biddenham works with the Enterprise Advisor network, which is delivered by SEMLEP in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company.

If you are an Employer and would like to join our network, please email cathy.eckett@biddenham.beds.sch.uk

Employers can support Biddenham in a number of ways, including:

  • offering talks to students interested in a particular sector or area of industry;
  • delivering an assembly to students on a particular sector or area of industry to inform students about the world of work;
  • offering interview experience to sixth formers and younger year groups;
  • offering work experience;
  • linking with a relevant Head of Subject (Department) in school and allowing visits to the workplace for a class, where it links with a topic being studied, or coming in to speak to a class to bring real world context to a particular topic.

Please read the latest research into Employer Engagement. Education and Employers, with the kind support of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), has published a review of the evidence on how employers can support schools to improve outcomes for students.

Through SEMLEP and the CEC, Biddenham has a Careers Development Plan which audits the activities the students undertake each year to ensure they have the maximum impact.

Biddenham’s SEMLEP Enterprise Advisers

Below are some of the companies we work with:

A&S Landscape specialise in school canopies.
They installed the school’s canopy which is situated between the year 7 and 8 blocks. Read more about what they do and how they designed it at Canopy at Biddenham.

Newnorth are a printing company based in Bedford, who expressed an interest through our link with SEMLEP.

They work specifically with the Graphics department, supporting units within our GCSE and A level qualifications.

Phew came into Biddenham and have been responsible for designing and building our school website. The team worked alongside us  to ensure we have a website which reflects the needs of the school, whilst actively marketing what we do.  Phew intend to stay involved with the school, supporting the ICT Level 3 students in one of their website units.

SSG are a local apprenticeship provider. We have successfully enrolled a number of our students onto apprenticeship schemes. This encompasses both training and employment at SSG and other organisations.
The company links with Biddenham to ensure students and staff are aware of local opportunities and new apprenticeships as they come online.