WBD has announced a partnership which underlines its continuing commitment to helping young people in the South West prepare for the world of work.

The law firm has partnered with The Careers & Enterprise Company to become a ‘Cornerstone Employer’, investing time and resources and working with other employers to benefit schools and colleges and inspire young people across the area.

WBD will work with The Careers & Enterprise Company and the South West Enterprise Adviser Network, a network of volunteers from the world of business in the area. 

Together they will ensure that young people across the region have access to meaningful engagement with employees from departments across the firm and gain the vital work experience they need to help them make informed choices about their futures.

WBD has already proven itself to be a strong ambassador for careers and enterprise provision and is delivering a wide range of activities for local pupils, including supporting schools and colleges in the area with careers and enterprise provision. This dedicated work will be expanded in WBD's new role as a Cornerstone Employer.

Cornerstone Employers act as champions to encourage new businesses in the area to get involved, as well as encouraging their own staff to become volunteer ‘Enterprise Advisers’ in order to pass their business knowledge on to the next generation.

Sam Lee, Head of Recruitment at WBD says:

"At WBD, we recognise the crucial role that employers play in giving young people access to the world of work, to help inspire and inform their future career decisions. We've developed a number of strong links with schools across all of our regions, and participate in a range of initiatives designed to inspire young people to pursue a career in law.  

Being a Cornerstone Employer will allow us to widen our network so that we can work with more higher and further education establishments, training providers, career professionals and other employers, to improve careers education, develop the skills required for the future workforce and ensure young people in the South West have the opportunities they need to be prepared for the fast-changing world of work."