The potential of our young people and the hard work, talent and expertise of our workforce are our greatest economic resource.
Around 1600 young people aged 16-18 years in Suffolk are not in any form of education, training or employment. Over 4000 18-24 year-olds are unemployed.
Suffolk Chamber recognises that, in an age of challenging global competitiveness we can not compete with the low cost of labour in developing countries. Therefore, our focus must be on increasing quality through high levels of education and training throughout life producing skilled, creative and productive people.
Our members are passionate about the need to prepare and train young people now to be the adult workforce of tomorrow. The Chamber believes that our members, education establishments and training providers, working together, can and must provide the services the county needs.
Our three skills priorities will be:
Young Chamber – we will develop, champion and grow our services to our youngest members nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit of the county preparing the workforce of tomorrow.
Foundation Degree – we will highlight and develop the new Suffolk Chamber qualification in Leadership and Management as a key aspect of creating the Business Leaders of the future.
University Campus Suffolk – we will work in partnership with our friends at UCS and other education and training providers to ensure business skills become a fundamental aspect of vocational training of young people.