Supporting young people on their journey through education and into jobs has a positive impact on our economy, our competitiveness as a nation and on wider social issues such as poverty and inclusion. Employers have a stake in the future workforce and so are keen to invest by building stronger links with education to ensure the pipeline of skills and talent meets the future needs of industry.

Business in the Community’s role is to broker those linkages and use employer support to help children develop vital skills around literacy and numeracy and raise their aspirations by inspiring them about the world of work.

Safeguarding Policy

A copy of our safeguarding policy is available here. If you have any queries regarding this, please contact Patricia O’Rourke.

How can we help? We offer . . .

Ready-made programmes
Get involved in tried and tested employment engagement initiatives to support education and employability work.

Platforms to share best practice
Showcase and Share – host an event to share your companies’ approach to education and/or employability activities or attend an event to learn from the best practice of others.

Opportunities to enhance your knowledge
Thought-leadership events addressing key education and employability issues to help you understand the bigger picture and wider NI impact.

Advisory support
Bespoke support from a member of our Education and Jobs Team to develop a more strategic approach to your education and employability work.


Did you know GCSE grading in Northern Ireland is changing?

Each year around 30,000 learners in Northern Ireland receive GCSE results. So understanding GCSE grading is important to us all. Some of these changes have already taken place with further changes taking place in summer 2019.

What are the changes and what will they mean?

Students in Northern Ireland may receive both letters and numbers in their GCSE results, so it is important to understand how these grades compare. For those students taking exams with AQA, Pearson, Eduqas and OCR, they will receive GCSEs graded 9–1, where 9 is the highest grade and 1 is the lowest. In summer 2019, CCEA (Northern Ireland’s local Awarding Organisation) will award new A*–G GCSE grades, which will include a C* grade. The A* grade will be aligned to the grade 9.

There will be no advantage or disadvantage to learners taking GCSEs graded with letters or numbers and all GCSEs will continue to be recognised by schools, colleges and universities as a reflection of learners’ achievements.

How can I find out more?

For more information, visit or click here to download an information leaflet.