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Young Chamber is a new member offer for schools and colleges from the Accredited Chambers of Commerce in the UK. Its purpose is to help bridge the gap between businesses and the education sector.

Young Chamber provides a range of different ways in which Chambers of Commerce can help schools and colleges tap into the knowledge, skills and experience that local businesses can provide students for them to succeed in the world of work.

As part of Young Chamber membership*, schools and colleges will typically benefit from:

  • Careers networking events
  • Strategic links with local businesses
  • Access to mentors
  • Talks from local employers
  • Access to a pool of potential business governors
  • Work inspiration experiences – including visits to workplaces and ‘have a go’ workshops
  • Workshops on ‘work readiness’ where students can learn the soft skills they need at work
  • Access to local business intelligence

*Product offer will vary by Chamber.

How it helps you

By signing up to a Young Chamber membership schools and colleges will be able to take advantage of the many connections that Chambers have in the local business community.

Students will gain insight into the world of work, and get the chance to learn about the different careers they could have, as well as the routes that they can take to get there. They will also learn what skills - both technical and soft - that they need to pursue a successful career once they leave education.

Best of all, Young Chamber helps schools and colleges meet Ofsted (or relevant school inspectorate) requirements around provision of careers advice, preparation of pupils for employment, and engagement with employers.

How to find out more

Launched in 2014, Young Chamber membership is being run by 30 Chambers of Commerce. A full list is provided below:

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce
Black Country Chamber of Commerce
Business West
Cornwall Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce
Doncaster Chamber of Commerce
Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce
Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce
Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce
London Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce
Plymouth and Devon Chamber of Commerce
Sheffield Chamber of Commerce
Shropshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry
South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce
St Helens Chamber of Commerce
Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
Surrey Chamber of Commerce
Sussex Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise
West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
Wirral Chamber of Commerce

To arrange a meeting with your local Accredited Chamber, or to find out more look through the Chamber Directory. If you would like to see the service offered to schools and colleges in your area please email us at enquiries@britishchambers.org.uk