There are tens of thousands of community/business/educator partnerships. Most are in America. Most are driven by funding shortages. Some are best practice. Some produce results.
Here in New Zealand and Tairawhiti as a region, there are a number of examples of formal links between employers, schools, families and communities. In some cases the processes and results are excellent. In many cases linkages are poor, the community, family and business are not involved, and student outcomes are mediocre.
There is a need for formal whole of community, family and business links into our local education system. A paper Exploring a Best Practice Community has been written outlining what defines a good partnership, examples of successful partnerships and how a partnership process could progress here.
Gisborne employers expect the following basic skills, competencies and values to be demonstrated by people seeking work1;
Employers want intelligent, productive, hard working and ethical employees. You should be able to listen to, understand, respect, and follow instructions as well as take responsibility for both your actions and all their consequences. You should be able to not only write, but communicate well with others about your thoughts, feelings, ideas, opinions, tastes, preferences, values and beliefs. You must get along with people.
 This definition ( August 2009) is agreed to by employers from the Gisborne Chamber of Commerce, Employers and Manufactures Association, Federated Farmers, Maori Business Network, Heart of Gisborne and Tourism Eastland. Some vocations and industries require more skills and competencies; these are the minum that employers expect to be demonstrated at an interview or on the job.