‘The ex­tent of the support for this was in­spi­ra­tional’

Teach­ers and em­ploy­ers fo­cus on cre­at­ing more op­por­tu­nity

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HEAD­TEACH­ERS and em­ploy­ers gath­ered to de­velop a plan which will give young peo­ple more ca­reer-in­spir­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Staff from more than 28 schools and col­leges talked about how best to boost work ex­pe­ri­ence op­tions with the use of £200,000 fund­ing from Buck­ing­hamshire Thames Val­ley Lo­cal En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship (BTVLEP) Skills Pro­gramme Board.

The meet­ing at GE Health­care in Chal­font St Giles on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 7, came after a re­port by UK Com­mis­sion Em­ployer Per­spec­tives Sur­veys, which found that rel­e­vant work ex­pe­ri­ence is val­ued by re­cruit­ing em­ploy­ers as be­ing a crit­i­cal or sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor when look­ing for can­di­dates, fol­lowed by core maths and English skills.

Bucks County Coun­cil’s deputy cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and skills Bill Bendyshe-Brown said: “The aim of this ini­tia­tive is to trans­form the pro­vi­sion of ca­reers ed­u­ca­tion and ad­vice for young peo­ple and in­spire them about the op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered by the world of work.

“It will help bro­ker re­la­tion­ships be­tween em­ploy­ers on one hand and schools and col­leges on the other. All I can say is that Buck­ing­hamshire is once again one step ahead of na­tional ini­tia­tives in this area which is what to­day’s oc­ca­sion is all about.”

The fund­ing will be used to support a num­ber of projects which will make a dif­fer­ence to young peo­ple’s em­ploy­a­bil­ity and ad­dress cur­rent skills short­falls.

Th­ese in­clude con­tin­u­ing to de­velop the num­ber and range of ap­pren­tice op­por­tu­ni­ties in the county, im­prove the work readi­ness of young peo­ple, de­velop a more fo­cussed lo­cal sys­tem of ca­reers ad­vice and guid­ance and pro­mot­ing skills which are more re­spon­sive to the needs of em­ploy­ers.

The event was or­gan­ised by the county coun­cil in part­ner­ship with BTVLEP and Bucks As­so­ci­a­tion of Sec­ondary Heads, and was co-hosted by Mr Bendyshe-Brown, and pro­fes­sor Ruth Far­well, vice chan­cel­lor of Bucks New Univer­sity and chair­woman of BTVLEP Skills Pro­gramme Board.

LOOK­ING AT OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES: BASH chair­man Pete Rowe (left) with Pro­fes­sor Ruth Far­well, chair­man of the BTVLEP Skills Pro­gramme Board and Bill Bendyshe-Brown, deputy cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and skills

Mrs Far­well said: “The those that work with our ex­tent of the support for young peo­ple.” the event was in­spi­ra­tional The next step is to and fills me with pro­duce a re­port of the con­fi­dence that we will be ac­tions agreed at this suc­cess­ful in our work to con­fer­ence which will be en­hance the en­gage­ment launched at a fu­ture event be­tween em­ploy­ers and in the spring.

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