GCU to host responsible business panel event

07 April 2016

The panel event takes place as part of Responsible Business Week

The panel event takes place as part of Responsible Business Week

An expert panel event at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) aims to help schools and businesses work together for the common good in Glasgow’s most disadvantaged communities.

Representatives from organisations including Sainsbury’s and PwC will offer their insight at the Business in the Community (BITC) Scotland event on Tuesday April 19.

The ‘Question Time’ styled event is part of a UK-wide series of activities during BITC’s annual Responsible Business Week.

It will see employers outline the attitudes, skills and knowledge they are looking for in future employees and provide opportunities for teachers and business leaders to exchange ideas.

GCU is a member of Business in the Community, the HRH Prince of Wales’ business–led charity. Each year, GCU students and staff provide employment mentoring support to school pupils at Castlemilk High School and St Margaret Mary’s Secondary School through the Work Ready Action Programme.

The University has also played a key role in widening access to education through its multi award-winning Caledonian Club, which has supported 11,500 children, 3000 families and 500 student mentors since its establishment in 2008.

Dr Alec Wersun, Senior Lecturer in the Glasgow School for Business and Society, said: “As the University for the Common Good, we believe that where someone is born should not determine their destiny, and in opportunities for all. This event will celebrate the impact of responsible business and how successfully businesses can contribute to the development of economically viable, cohesive communities by supporting young people in schools.”

Jane Wood, Managing Director of Business in the Community Scotland, said:  “We are delighted to work with GCU and responsible businesses across Scotland. By working strategically and collaboratively with schools, businesses can equip young people with the skills businesses recruit against so that all young people leave school ready to build successful working lives.”

The event takes place on Tuesday April 19, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm in the Deeprose Theatre, Govan Mbeki Building. Register for the panel event.