‘The extent of the support for this was inspirational’
Teachers and employers focus on creating more opportunity
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.