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HRH Visit

posted 29 Apr 2014, 02:57 by Google Google   [ updated 29 Apr 2014, 02:57 ]
Two Students from Millbrook Academy, Angharad Phillips and Kelsey Curtis, were delighted to meet HRH Prince of Wales today during a Royal visit to the region. The Prince spent time discussing the benefits of BITC’s Business Class scheme, where local business support students through developing their employability skills, providing work placements and running mock interview sessions. 

Business Class supports more than 75,000 young people nationally, helping them to develop the skills they need for future employment, as well as providing leadership and governance support to the school’s management. Several local businesses involved were also represented yesterday, including Magnox, Lloyds Banking Group and Ecclesiastical Insurance.

Raksha Pattni, Area Director for BITC stated: “With today’s levels of youth unemployment, it has never been more important for local businesses to take an active role in supporting the development of young people. They are better placed than anyone to help increase the student’s understanding of the skills they need to find work, and the unique qualities they can bring to the work place. The Prince’s support of the Business Class programme in the South West is fantastic and today’s visit will have further boosted the confidence of the young people involved in the programme.”

Business Class is distinguished by its unique cluster mechanism, whereby each school is partnered with a business for a minimum of a three year period.  The cluster allows local businesses to collaborate on ideas, expertise and capacity to ensure that each school’s needs are met.

Angharad Phillips is just one of many students from the area to benefit from the Business Class scheme. A former student at Brockworth’s Millbrook Academy, Angharad took part in the scheme with Ecclesiastical Insurance Group and it led to her having the confidence to pursue a career in the police.

She said: “Before getting involved with the mentoring scheme I had no interest in university.  I planned to work full time after Sixth Form but then my mentor explained about a university course linked to the police. Thanks to the scheme and the commitment of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group I started my BSc degree in Criminology at the University of Gloucestershire in September.”

Nathan Monk, Talent & Learning Consultant at the Gloucester insurance company which has been involved in the Business Class scheme for two years, said:  “Engaging with talented young people has enabled our own staff to continue to develop whilst broadening the horizons of each student. As a local employer, it is important for us to be in touch with the future workforce.  It is vital that we equip these young people with skills that are transferable across all sectors of the working world.  The students and the school particularly benefit from the longevity of the partnership; It allows us to really plan activities that will help the school and students in the areas that they feel needs it the most.  We have already started to see the change in the attitudes and beliefs of the young people.”

And the Principal of Millbrook Academy, Jan Scott, said: “BITC helps us link with supportive employers and we really welcome people from industry coming to work alongside our students. Just like with Angharad, it encourages them to succeed in their search for employment or further education and training.”  

Jan Scott, Principal of Millbrook Academy said " It was a wonderful occasion. HRH Prince Charles was very interested in what our students had to say and he was impressed by the way BIC has worked along side the Academy in supporting our students of which Anghard and Kelsey were able and confident representatives. BITC helps us link with supportive employers and we really welcome people from industry coming to work alongside our students. Just like with Angharad, it encourages them to succeed in their search for employment or further education and training."

“We have been working hard with our business partner, Ecclesiastical to ensure students develop the necessary skills to enter into the highly competitive world of employment. It is our responsibility to provide students with the means to develop these skills and partnering with potential future employers is a proven way of achieving this.”

If you are a business based in Gloucestershire and interested in finding out more about Business Class, please contact elizabeth.carrington-porter@bitc.org.uk.

 

Business in the Community’s (BITC) Business Class students discussed the benefits of their involvement with local employers with HRH Prince of Wales, President of Business in the Community.

If you are a business based in Gloucestershire and interested in finding out more about Business Class, please contact elizabeth.carrington-porter@bitc.org.uk.


For further information contact:

Lisa Gillingham or Faye Lockier at Bray Leino PR

(0)117 973 1173

bitc@brayleino.co.uk

About Business in the Community

Business in the Community stands for responsible business. With a membership of over 850 companies, engagement in 10,700 organisations internationally and an employee reach of 14.7 million, Business in the Community is raising the benchmark for responsible business practice. We offer our members practical support to help them transform their businesses and integrate responsible practices into their operations.  And we ask our members to work in partnership with us to help transform communities and tackle serious social issues where business can make a real difference.  Business in the Community is one of the Prince’s Charities, a group of not-for-profit organisations of which The Prince of Wales is President. www.bitc.org.uk.

About Business Class

Business Class is a government-endorsed programme, which provides a systematic framework for business to support young people facing social disadvantage by forming long-term partnerships with the schools those young people attend. The Business Class framework is designed to develop partnerships that are rooted in the needs of the school and underpinned by strategic support and collaborative action.  There are currently over 300 Business Class partnerships across the UK.