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EDF Energy signs up to Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s Young Chamber Plus scheme

EDF Energy signs up to Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s Young Chamber Plus scheme

EDF Energy, one of Suffolk’s leading employers, has become the latest organisation to sign up as a patron of an innovative scheme, run by the leading business body in the county aimed at bridging the gap between the world of education and the world of work. 

During today’s first-ever Suffolk Festival of Learning, held at the University of Suffolk, EDF Energy became the energy sector patron of the Young Chamber scheme, run by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

EDF Energy, which operates Sizewell B power station and is looking to build and run Sizewell C has a very strong track record in helping the county’s students prepare for the world of work.

Jim Crawford, EDF Energy’s project development director for Sizewell C, said: “The Young Chamber programme gives us an opportunity to engage with more secondary schools that already recognise the value of bridging the gap between businesses and the education sector in Suffolk.  This is a year-long commitment which will form part of a range of activities and initiatives we will be involved in to help develop Suffolk’s talent over the years to come.”

According to Suffolk Chamber’s Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford “We have a longstanding and mutually supportive relationship with EDF Energy. They are one of Suffolk Chamber’s patrons and we are working with them to upgrade our Sizewell C supply chain website aimed at ensuring that as many local firms as possible secure contracts to help in the construction of the new station”.

Young Chamber patrons are able to participate in a number of additional products from the Chamber’s suite of services including sector specific events, business/education business leaders’ dinners and delivering specific employability events into Suffolk schools.

Suffolk Chamber is in discussions with other businesses about becoming patrons in other market sectors. Businesses interested in becoming Young Chamber patrons should contact Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford on (01473) 694807. ENDS

A short video interview with Jim Crawford and Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1SRuS5_iWE&feature=em-share_video_user

Article by Suffolk Chamber