Employer-Led Programme

Driffield School & Sixth Form’s Employer-Led Programme was launched in September 2016 with an aim to develop employability skills for students studying for their A-levels.

Those on the programme are given the opportunity to:

  • Complete a full employability skills development programme with Inspire Ignite
  • Take part in an Industry Mentoring Scheme
  • Attend masterclasses with local employers on career routes, personal branding, networking and other employability skills
  • Go on work place visits
  • Take part in volunteering/work placements

Employers including Siemens Gamesa, BAE, RB, the NHS, Aunt Bessies and Cranswick Foods PLC, large SMEs and retired professionals have signed up to the programme across The Education Alliance.

Two hundred and thirty students have already benefited and an additional 15 places are available at Driffield this year for Year 12 students.

“My biggest objective is to place employability skills at the heart of the curriculum so that our students are able to access some of the highest profile university courses or apprenticeships in the country,” said Sarah Barley, Trust Director of Employability.

“I want to ensure that our young people leave us with great results along with a full understanding of the world of work and the opportunities that exist for them.

“I also want to support the local labour market by ensuring the young people are more work ready than they have ever been before”.

Some of those who have previously completed the programme are now working for the aforementioned employers or have gone on to study at universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, York and Manchester.

The programme has been launched with Year 12 students and applications must be submitted by the end of September.

There is an opportunity for Driffield School & Sixth Form’s Year 11 students to learn more about the programme during the school’s sixth form open evening on Wednesday 23 October.

If you are an employer who wants to find out more about mentoring, careers talks or work placements, please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah Barley by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..