HSBC Women in Tech Event

HSBC will be running a virtual event for all university students and recent graduates to engage with our current female technology graduates and learn more about life at HSBC and understand what a technology career with HSBC is really like. Through this virtual event you will also find out more about our 2022 internship and graduate programmes, and the application process for our programmes. 

The events are running on 16th November (6:30-7:30pm) and 18th November (12:30-1:30pm) and you can find out more information and register here; 

16th November 

18th November 

Download the PDF Flyer HERE

Tower Hamlets EBP become “The Switch”

“We’re delighted to announce that from today we’ll now be known as 
The Switch. Following a thorough rebranding process, our new, snappier name was chosen to better reflect the great work that we do in helping to transform the lives of young people.

We may have left our old name, Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership, behind, but our goal and passion remain unchanged.”

You can get more information by visiting their brand new website

Exciting News from Tower Hamlets EPB

Now, here’s some exciting news…

We are getting in touch to explain an exciting change which will be happening on 3rd November.

What is happening?

After 30 years of being called Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership, we are undergoing a full rebrand which includes changing our name! We will officially announce our dynamic new look on 3rd November – check your emails and our social media to see what it will be!

Why is this change happening?

We knew that it was time for a refresh. Our brand identity was showing its age, and many people have struggled with our current name – it’s long and hard to remember, and we have often been mistaken for Tower Hamlets Council. People often do not understand that we are a charity, either.

Our new name is short, memorable and relevant to what we do, plus our energetic new brand will have a more engaging tone and colourful appearance – goodbye dull blue!

What does this mean legally?

We will still be operating as Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership for the next few months while we undergo copyright processes on our new logo and name. During this period, we will be “trading as” our new name. This means that all legal processes, including payments and invoices, banking information, safeguarding, data protection, DBS disclosures, and SLAs, are still under our current name. So you don’t need to do anything at this time. We will give a significant amount of notice before we undergo a legal name change.

Watch this space

We are very excited to have you on this journey with us – and enjoy our big name reveal on 3rd November! And we would like to reassure you that we are changing our name but keeping our aim.

And pass it on!

We won’t be passing our news on to lots of people who have worked with us previously, due to data protection regulations. So please send on this message to other interested colleagues.

Best wishes
The Team at Tower Hamlets EBP

The Edge Foundation launch training offer to support Real World Learning in education.

Real World Learning (RWL) involves intentionally designing the curriculum so it is relevant and contextualised, making learning meaningful and inspiring. Although this can come in many forms when connecting with employers, most examples of RWL are centred around students engaging with the employer or community partner.

The Edge Foundation has developed a training offer – Edge Future Learning – to engage and empower teachers to bring RWL examples to the classroom and embed authentic contextualised learning for students through a Teacher Externship.

A Teacher Externship is an intentional activity which involves teachers connecting and visiting a local employer.

Understanding how their subject is used in business and discussing different career pathways relevant to their subject can really help to re-energise teaching staff. This includes, of course, recognising the importance of the so-called ‘soft skills’ used in industry.

Teachers then plan a project linked to the curriculum, or develop curriculum-based resources, using the business they have connected with as the context and setting.

Their students complete the work or project within school, to enhance their understanding of the relevance of the curriculum, develop their employability skills, prepare them for the workplace and help make informed career choices enabling them to fulfil their potential.

To find out more information, how you can access training to develop your own Teacher Externship programme with the schools and colleges you work with and register for a free introductory session please follow the link.

Building on our work with Edge Future Learning Leaders and Partners around the world, we have also developed training to support Community Connected Learning and Project Based Learning to help bring education to life.

Edge Future Learning is here to support, share, inspire and be with you every step of the way, from planning your first project or expedition to transforming education through the power of relevance.

You can access more information and register for a free introductory session on all three key strands here

Solicitor Apprenticeship with the CPS

The Solicitor Apprenticeship is a fully funded programme, lasting 7 years, where students complete a law degree and the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) with the guarantee of a Crown Prosecutor role upon successful completion. Study takes place alongside a full time Paralegal role within the CPS.

In order to be eligible for this programme, you need to live in Yorkshire & Humberside or Greater London and fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • Would be first in family to attend University or achieve degree/degree-level qualification.
  • Have been eligible for free school meals whilst at secondary school
  • Live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression to higher education or has high levels of socio-economic deprivation
  • Have been in or currently in social care
  • Live in a household where their parent/guardian total gross annual income is equal to or less than the national average for the household expenditure in their area

To find out more about this exciting opportunity, sign up now to one of our Solicitor Apprenticeship Engagement Days below:

26th October 2021, 11am-4pm – Link MKM Stadium, Walton St, Hull, HU3 6HU

27th October, 2021,10am-3pm – Link Crowne Plaza, Wellington St, Leeds LS1 4DL

28th October 2021, 10:30-3:30pm – Link Ambassadors Hotel Bloomsbury, 12 Upper Woburn Pl, London WC1H 0HX

If you wish to distribute the above information in a PDF Flyer format you can download a copy here

Please note we are helping promote this event and have no further information other than what you can see here and on the flyer. If you follow the link to the event and scroll down, you can contact the organiser directly.

Rethinking Employability Event

Join The Edge Foundation & Envision for this interactive and engaging seminar chaired by broadcaster and journalist Steph McGovern

There can be no doubt that the last year has changed both education and the labour market beyond recognition.

  • What does the impact of the pandemic mean for the future of work?
  • Has it accelerated the megatrends we were already seeing – the fourth industrial revolution, Brexit and the climate crisis?
  • What does that mean for how we prepare young people for their uncertain and rapidly changing futures?

Join The Edge Foundation and Envision for this interactive and engaging seminar chaired by broadcaster and journalist Steph McGovern to explore these questions and share your perspective.

For more information and booking –

Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership (THEBP) introduces ‘connectED’.

connectED is a series of virtual events and digital resources aimed at supporting young people during the move to home learning.

Now more than ever, it’s vital to keep young people engaged. connectED focuses on continuing to develop young people’s employability and life skills, and provide meaningful encounters with business volunteers.

The offer is free for all schools and youth organisations across England, to help support teachers and students either learning from home or in school. For further information and to sign up to receive these resources, visit THEBP’s connectED webpage HERE

AEBP Online Meeting – November 2020

Earlier this month the AEBP hosted the first of a series of online “Microsoft Teams” events. Members and non-members shared ideas and thoughts on a Post Covid School and Workplace environment and the products and services that are being offered to schools including new virtual options.

We had 36 delegates attending and everyone left positive comments (see below) and said they were looking forward to another event in the near future.

Just following up from the virtual AEBP Work Experience Meeting this morning and our conversation later, I thought it was a really useful and thought-provoking meeting with great input from different practitioners and education business professionals.  Although we work for a large organisation with lots of supportive colleagues, we don’t get to share our work with people that really understand the breadth of our experiences and challenges in the WEX world, so it was really refreshing as most of us are facing the same problems. Catherine

Thanks so much for organising this it has been very useful and I would like to be included in any future sessions – Lesley

Thanks to all, it was really useful, stay safe all – Charmian

Thanks Kevin and everyone, really interesting – Corinne

Thanks for hosting Kevin. Very useful session – Gavin

Thanks for that Kevin, interesting session. Very useful so in the future would be good – Jamela

Great to hear sharing of ideas – thank you. Also keen for another in the future – Faye

Very useful, great to do again. Thanks everyone – Sarah

Very useful thanks Kevin would be useful to attend another meeting – Keisha

A useful discussion and hope we have some more in the future. – Catherine

I found it useful! if there is anything else to discuss, I’d be happy to join another session – Georgia

Really useful to hear from people with different experiences – Sally

Thank you all. Really informative and appreciated. Yes, please to scheduling another event – Afet

Really useful – thank you. Might be good to do this again – Alex

Very useful, thank you – Kim

Thank you, Kevin, and all on the call for sharing your experiences. It has been really interesting to hear what is happening around the country – Imelda

Great session, helpful and informative. Thanks everyone – Michelle

Opportunities in the Army – Captain Polly Marsh

I am a school governor  as well as being a youth engagement officer in the British Army, and a civilian teamwork/leadership facilitator working with young people from all backgrounds and all nationalities.  I am passionate about young people achieving their potential – and to do that, they need to know all their options.

Please find information about Army careers for young people age 16+.    In these uncertain times, the army is seeing a huge increase in applications as it offers job security for life.   This is information all SLT and careers officers need to know and ensure is passed on to ALL students in secondary school, to advise young people of their options.

As you may know, only 8% of secondary age children are aware of the career opportunities available to them in the British Army.  As someone who didn’t have this information when I was at secondary school, I felt cheated – and now it is my mission to ensure ALL children know about these opportunities, regardless of social background, religion, ethnicity, gender or anything else. Everyone is equal in the army.

Only 30% of army careers are in combat roles which means the vast majority are careers that are found in civilian life (mechanics, teachers, doctors, nurses, vets, dentists, engineers, IT/tech, chaplains, lawyers, HR, PR/media  etc.) – the only difference is the army has higher pay, more opportunities, guaranteed continuous training and qualifications, transferable skills for life, plus adventurous lifestyle, fun and friendship.

Please find below links to films about scholarships, bursaries, and apprenticeships (finance is available from £3k – £75k per student). The first video is the most informative and most important to share  – the others will give you more insight from the student’s point of view.    If this information can be shared with all secondary schools and their students that would be great – and I believe it’s our duty or we are letting our children down.