At Kent Invicta Chamber we have thrown ourselves whole heartedly into the Young Chamber programme. We were able to see the huge benefits this programme has to offer for both Schools and Membership, our members have reacted to the programme in a very positive fashion and this has meant the programme keeps growing everyday. Schools and colleges offer a unique opportunity to our membership for engagement with young learners and their parents. The programme means this chamber is able to stay one step ahead where engagement is concerned and makes our membership even stronger.
A means of aggregating and making sense of the vast range of separate school/business activities firms get asked to support, thus bringing some consistency to the connectivity between business and schools and their students. Opportunity to raise the profile and branding and image of the business by the interaction and connectivity it has with schools and students. Opportunity to explain the role and value of business within the local community to schools (teachers and students). The issues business face in doing business can also be explained and views sought from students about their perception of these. Opportunity to shape the quality of future employees by explaining the qualities and attitudes, etc. required and assisting in students’ development of these. Diverse industries will have better access to attract young people with a wide range of abilities into filling industry skills’ gaps. Provides business with a simple way to fulfil elements of their corporate social responsibility agenda. Provides personal development opportunities for business staff via their interaction and connectivity with students. Opportunity to gain the views and feelings of young people. Opportunity to tap into the creativity of the young by asking young people to undertake research and to consider issues affecting the business. Can gain youth customers from the connectivity and engagement.
For the Chamber of Commerce
Greater understanding between the business community and their prospective future employees. Opportunity to raise awareness of the young about issues affecting the local business community. Opportunity to explain the role of business and its impact on the local community to young people. Increased opportunity to gain youth perspective and voice on issues affecting the business community and the economic success of the local area. Raises the profile of the Chamber of Commerce – its input and contribution to developing the young for work and adult life. Accesses the creativity of the young in a structured way.
For the Education Community
Contributes to the achievement of work-related learning frameworks and inspection criteria. Instant access to specific business skills to enhance the delivery of the school curriculum. Opportunity to become active partners within the wider community. Enhance opportunity to provide its students with recognised and needed skills to progress into employment, self-employment or further training towards their desired careers. Provides greater opportunity to develop relationships with key business partners. Enhances opportunities for sponsorship with business partners. Enhanced school image due to connectivity with Chamber of Commerce and its network of business. Potential for improved curriculum status with parents due to the increased connectivity with local businesses.
See at first hand the requirements of business and what would be expected of students when looking for and commencing full-time employment. Provide students with a voice and real audience with those within the business community. Opportunity to contribute to local issues – providing students with a voice to say how they feel about local issues. Mechanism for students to communicate with local business and commerce. Greater opportunities to experience and to gain awareness of the business community. Opportunity for students to raise their personal achievement and to add relevant work skills to their CV. Opportunity to contextualise learning and classroom experiences with business needs. Opportunity to assess employability and enterprise skills. Opportunity to practice key employability skills. Being taken seriously by business staff. Learning from fun activities that do not seem like schoolwork. Access to resources that may not be available within school environment, thereby enriching students’ learning experiences.