Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s Young Chamber Plus scheme gains first patron
One of Ipswich’s leading further education providers has become the first 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.
Suffolk New College, based in the centre of the town, currently delivers courses to over 2500 students and has a strong reputation for supporting is students into the next stage of their careers. In the last three years, 93% of its students have either gone into employment or have progressed into higher education.
Building on this success rate, the College has become the first patron of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s innovative Young Chamber scheme.
According to Suffolk Chamber’s Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford “We have had an excellent relationship with Suffolk New College for some time. They are one of our patrons and have been a Young Chamber member for a while.
“By upgrading their status to being the education sector patron, we can now offer them even more business-oriented support aimed at helping their students better bridge the gap between education and the world of work and boost the senior management team’s already impressive business awareness.”
Principal Viv Gillespie added “We are delighted to become a patron of Young Chamber. This new initiative links young people in schools with the world of work and with business. At Suffolk New College we concentrate on developing the employability skills of students.”
Young Chamber patrons are able to access a number of additional products from the Chamber’s suite of services including support in recruiting business governors, CV writing workshops for students, talks from local businesspeople and help in hosting careers fayres.
In the case of Suffolk New College, Young Chamber is working with them to host a Business Education Business Leaders dinner amongst other exciting projects for the area.
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.
Listen to Viv Gillespie talking about becoming a Young Chamber patron: