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Council’s new forum hopes to help inspire the younger generation

By Ely News  |  Posted: October 23, 2013

22/10/13 East Cambs District Council holds a big jobs event at Witchford Village College. Pictured ltr Beth White, Kimberleigh Hewson, with Andy Benton techincal Consultant at Michell Instruments, Ollie Richards, Sam Gooby, Conon Loker. Picture: Keith Hep

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Students are being given a greater understanding of the world of work thanks to local businesses and East Cambridgeshire District Council.

The council has developed a new Youth Enterprise Forum with the aim of bringing together young people, businesses and partners to help raise awareness of the local opportunities, world class businesses and ways to work in the district.

As part of the forum, a special event was held at Witchford Village College on Tuesday (October 22), which saw Year 11 students meeting local businesses.

A total of 140 pupils heard from business leaders and career specialists on topics ranging from apprenticeships to practical CV and interview tips to help youngsters develop a career path.

Companies who participated included Shearline, Mitchell Instruments and Forces Recruitment Services and they worked alongside Ely Job Centre Plus and Cambridge Regional College at the event.

District Cllr Tom Hunt, who helped create the initiative, said: “We have created the Youth Enterprise Forum to support secondary schools throughout East Cambridgeshire to link with local businesses to help their students to better understand the career choices ahead of them.

“For local companies, they get the chance to meet and talk directly to young people about what future careers could hold and how to best use their potential.”

Cllr Tom Kerby, who leads on economic development at the council, said: “We have been working closely with Witchford Village College to bring together all the elements which we believe will make a real difference to their students lives.

“For example in the special ‘Business room’, a local business will come in to talk about how they operate, the types of roles that help get a product/service from A-B and then engage the students in a simple business task to highlight essential communication and teamwork skills.

“It is through this sort of work that we can ensure that future generations in East Cambridgeshire know of the great options which they have as they stand at the beginning of their careers.”

Shona McKenzie, vice principal - pastoral at Witchford Village College, said: “We pride ourselves in our programme of Personal Social Health Education (PHSE) which has been tailored to students particular needs.

“To do this effectively we work alongside much local business and outside agencies - these people have a clear understanding of how they contribute to delivering these sessions.

“PHSE helps to give young people the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives.

“It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.”

For more information about the forum, or to get involved, call (01353) 665555 or visit www.eastcambs.gov.uk.

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