Posted by

Annake Baird, Projects Officer, BCC

08 Jun 2016

As exam time is upon us once again, thoughts will be turning to the crucial next steps for thousands of young people across Britain.  The question of how well students are prepared to enter the world of work, or continue their training, is a perennial one. Fortunately, it is something that we can do something about, and one in which there are an increasing number of choices for young people.

Bridging the gap between the worlds of education and work is a key policy area for us, and it is something that the Chamber network across the country is actively involved in.

Over the past year, Chambers across the country have delivered more than 150 Your Future careers events for young people aged 14-24. More information on the events can be found on the Your Future Careers Fairs website.

As part of this, the BCC will be running a Your Future Careers Fair at Quintin Kynaston School in St John's Wood, London, on 24 June, which is expected to attract around 500 students.

We’ve had an amazing response from businesses and organisations looking to get involved, many of whom will be attending the event to meet with youngsters face-to-face, including Deloitte, City Year, EY Foundation and Work Ready Graduates. Google will also be running four workshops throughout the day at the event.

This demonstrates the eagerness of businesses to get involved in helping young people to better understand what options are available to them, and how best to prepare themselves for the next step in their lives. Having businesses in attendance is a key feature of the Your Future Careers Fairs, and thousands of employers have taken part nationally so far.

There is still much work to do to raise awareness and acceptance of other career paths such as apprenticeships, which are sometimes perceived as more difficult to navigate for young people than the traditional route of university or college. Meeting employers and current apprentices is one of the best ways to change this, and enables young people to speak to them in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Other businesses and organisations attending include: HS2, Nestle, International SOS, Virgin Media, Costain, National College for High Speed Rail, TFL, Duke of Edinburgh, City University, Kier Group, Starbucks Coffee Company and DiVA Apprenticeships.

The Your Future Career Fair at Quintin Kynaston School will be on Friday 24 June between 10:50 – 3.30pm. For more information on attending or getting involved, contact Annake Baird.