Stroud District Council


Release Date: 11 February 2013

Council to host business and education meeting

On Friday 22nd February Stroud District Council is hosting a breakfast meeting to bolster links between the education and business sectors. Representatives from businesses, secondary education and training providers from across the district, together with regional and national agencies, will consider how they can all work together with the council to support young people through the transition from full-time education to the work place. Speakers include the chair of Stroud District Schools Partnership and the regional manager from the Department of Work and Pensions.

Particular emphasis will be on:

promoting the value of work experience
assisting with the take-up of apprenticeships
encouraging greater engagement between local businesses and schools/colleges

Stroud District Council leader, Councillor Geoff Wheeler, said:

'Promoting jobs and growth in the district is a key priority for the council and part of this involves providing more local employment opportunities for school and colleges. Young people have told us that they want to know more about local employment prospects. The business and education meeting will provide an opportunity to develop the existing links between educators and businesses in order to strengthen current employment advice and guidance.'

Carole Garfield, chair of Stroud District Local Strategic Partnership, added:

'This business breakfast will showcase the good work that schools, colleges and businesses are already involved in and pave the way for new ways of working to help our young people prepare for the world of work. I encourage any business to come along and see how they can make a real difference to their future workforce.'

The meeting, which takes place at the Ebley Mill council offices, starts at 8am on Friday 22nd February with a networking breakfast. The speakers will begin their presentations at 9am followed by opportunities for discussion and further networking for those attending.

Numbers are limited, but any businesses based in the Stroud District who would like to attend should email or call 01453 754296 by Monday 18th February 2013.

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