Inspiring and engaging business to develop essential skills in young people, enhancing self-esteem and confidence, raising aspirations and improving future readiness for the world of work

Our ambition:

Here are some initiatives to help you get started:

Business Class


Business Class is a three year strategic partnership between a business and a school. The programme enables business to make meaningful, sustainable relationships with schools and engage with their future workforce. It helps young people develop their skills and the aspirations they need to succeed in the world of work and is key to addressing the skills gap in employer expectations and pupils’ aspirations.

Discover Me

Discover Me is a unique interactive transition programme for primary school leavers designed to prepare and support them through the transition period to secondary school, build their confidence and equip them with the soft skills they need to succeed in their new environment.

LifeSkills created with Barclays


An amazing, free-to-access resource to help teachers, parents and young people better understand the needs of the 21st Century workplace and help prepare young people for the transition into working life. Business in the Community is delighted to be named as the programme’s new charity partner in Northern Ireland and will support its delivery in classrooms across the country, reaching 21,000 students and hundreds of local teachers over the next two years.

NI Business Charter on Literacy and Numeracy


Business in the Community has developed the NI Business Charter on Literacy and Numeracy, in partnership with the Confederation of British Industry, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Institute of Directors and the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce to challenge business to actively support the achievement of good literacy and numeracy for pupils across Northern Ireland.

Time To Read


Be part of Time to Read, our ground-breaking literacy programme. Scientists have found that children who can read well by the age of seven are more intelligent in later years. Time to Read bridges the gap in literacy skills for children up to the age of ten. Can you give one hour a week?

Time to Code


Time to Code is a new initiative we are hoping to pilot in several schools in greater Belfast and the North West to help children learn IT and coding skills – the skills needed by future employers. This new initiative is funded by Belfast Harbour in Belfast and BT in the North West.

Time to Count


Time 2 Count aims to help enhance pupils basic skills in maths and numeracy whilst boosting their confidence and self-esteem. We want all children to see maths as something they can learn and something that is relevant to their lives after school. Whether or not they proceed to higher level maths, all children need to develop confidence in numeracy skills that will serve them well throughout life.

Work Inspiration


Does the thought of having a student follow you about for a week fill you with dread? Turn this thinking upside down. Through our Work Inspiration initiative, we’ll help you develop ideas and make them available online. In addition to week-long work placements, how about offering careers talks or hosting an open day?