Cornerstone Employers

The Gloucestershire Cornerstone Employer group works collaboratively with the Gloucestershire Careers Hub to guide our careers strategy and operational plan, to ensure our work with schools and colleges helps to meet future workforce and skills needs.

Through this work, we ensure that young people in the county are curious, informed, and inspired by the opportunities and career pathways they have available to them, to best prepare them for the world of work and higher education and beyond.

What is a Cornerstone Employer?

Cornerstone employers are proven champions of linking and delivering education and skills insights throughout the county, and beyond.  By providing strategic direction to the Careers Hub, schools and colleges across Gloucestershire have access to enriched information and advice about:

  • academic and vocational pathways 
  • local economic and labour market intelligence
  • job creation programmes
  • experiences of the workplace and meaningful work experience
  • teacher and careers leader professional development programmes

Our cornerstone employers provide valuable leadership to like-minded businesses locally to engage with schools and colleges ensuring our young people are fully supported to understand the opportunities and pathways available to them.

Their support and wider outreach activities to promote and inspire other employers to join us is highly valued and professionally respected.



Gloucestershire’s leading cyber platform, CyNam supports the development of the region’s cyber technology industry. The organisation is an NCSC CyberFirst member, and helps to develop the next generation of cyber talent in the region.

Visit the CyNam website

Campden BRI

Campden BRI is a leader in global food and drink science and research. They offer a wide range of apprenticeship opportunities and outreach support for local schools.

Visit the Campden BRI website

Gloucestershire Constabulary

Gloucestershire’s police force provides a wide variety of work experience for young people, ranging from its Police Cadet scheme and Ride Along schemes to work experience placements and its Youth Advisory Group.

Visit the Gloucestershire Constabulary website

Gloucester Services

Gloucester Services is more than just a motorway rest stop. Set up as a partnership between the Westmoreland Family and Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, it invests back into the community to help develop local opportunities.

Visit the Gloucester Services website


Kier is a leading provider of infrastructure services, construction and property developments.

Visit the Kier website

KW Bell Group

Based in the heart of the Forest of Dean, KW Bell Group is at the forefront of groundwork and civil engineering in the house building industry. Through their sister company AccXel, they offer bespoke training and apprenticeships in construction and building trades.

Visit the KW Bell Group website


One of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, Renishaw is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Its early careers network helps young people to gain experience and learn more about a career in STEM.

Visit the Renishaw website


Suntory is the manufacturer of Ribena and Lucozade, amongst other drinks, and its UK factory is based in Coleford. They offer talks and experiences for young people from local schools, as well as apprenticeship opportunities.

Visit the Suntory website

Want to become a Cornerstone Employer?

If you'd like to help improve our careers outreach, head to our Get Involved page and a member of the team will be in touch with more information.

All Cornerstone Employers must follow the Careers and Enterprise Company Employer Standards, which will help you think about and plan up-front what you want to achieve from working with schools, special schools and colleges, review the quality of your outreach and how it aligns with your business objectives. Learn more at

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