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  1. Equipping Young People for the World of Work Yolanda Rugg CEO Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce

  2. About the Chamber • Accredited by the British Chamber of Commerce • Over 2000 members in our Chamber network • Education Business Links Team – Delivering county-wide work experience • International Trade, Events, Membership team • Office locations in Hatfield , Dacorum and Broxbourne

  3. Herts Chamber Forums • Construction and Property • Tourism and Leisure • Creative Industries • Engineering /Manufacturing • HR forum • Exporters • Environmental

  4. Herts Limited Top 200 – sector breakdownGrant Thornton Nov 2013 Report

  5. What do businesses need? • Herts knowledge based sectors from electronics, science, engineering -too few graduates in physics and engineering to fill current jobs and meet future skills gap needs • Renewed emphasis on vocational education • Re-focus on STEM subjects

  6. Astrium response • Signed up to 5% club • 5% of workforce to be apprentice, graduates and interns within next 5 years • Created STEM ambassadors to engage with schools, colleges and universities • Developing bespoke work experience model • offering one day each week for a term • offering a broader experience of different activities

  7. MBDA response • Their challenge • a third of workforce will retire in next ten years, • 20 years + developed World Class Centre of Excellence • Over 50 apprentices in annual intake • Year 2 apprentices recruit at careers fairs • Running level 4 higher apprenticeships • Sponsor annual robotics competition

  8. Imagination Technology • No 3 in world for IP semi conductors and digital processors • Queens Award for Enterprise winner • 100 graduates a year now • Launched inter-schools App competition 2012 with HCC • Minimal response from schools • The few schools who entered produced very impressive proposals

  9. Soft skills are Important! • How a student presents themselves to a potential employer is so important • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn • Confidence in their achievements and abilities • Timekeeping not clock watching! • Positive style in written and verbal communications • It’s ok to ask questions? • Language skills and knowledge of cultures and etiquette - globalisation

  10. Employer Feedback • Young people undersell themselves at interview • CV’s do not highlight the capabilities of young people, and often lack thought and creativity • Some young people are unaware of what local organisations do and what resources they need • Young people lack work-ready skills • Lack of response to unskilled jobs from local pool

  11. Herts 1125 Young Peoples’ Manifesto 2013-14 The top 3 issues young people voted for… • Priority 1 • Increase opportunities for apprenticeships in Herts • Priority 2 • A legacy for the Olympics and Paralympics for young people in Hertfordshire • Priority 3 • Work for discounted leisure, sporting and cultural activities for young people

  12. Why Students Need To Engage In Work Related Activity • A good work experience can inspire a student to raise their level of academic achievement • Better preparation and understanding of the workplace can reduce the number of students who become NEETS. • ‘Real’ experiences to enhance future CVs • Provides an understanding of the working environment and the qualifications, skills and qualities sought by employers.

  13. Opportunities to Engage with Employers • Work experience including ‘bespoke’ placements linked to sector or qualification such as BTEC • CV of Interview workshops • Business speakers or mentors • Employer visits or site visits • Work related projects • Enterprise Activities – Industry led or Young Enterprise /Young Chamber

  14. What If? • All Pupils 8-13years had a Personal Career online plan • Local student network shared ideas and job research • Parents supported realistic ambition • Schools could deliver review in confidence between student and IAG • Links to curriculum offering independent learning • Collaboration between IAG’s for local area impact

  15. Young Chamber -How it works • Young Chamber Council (YCC) is elected • Students assigned different roles as council members • The council is responsible for planning events each term • Supported by a Business Coordinator • Co-ordinator matches up with the relevant business for chosen events • YCC meet fortnightly with Co-ordinator to plan and organise events or activities

  16. Young Chamber Outcomes • 250 Young Chamber Councils across the UK • 15,000 students involved in organising enterprise events • 250,000 students across year groups involved in enterprise events • 7,000 businesses involved in enterprise activity (average 3x per event)

  17. Young Chamber UK Matrix 5

  18. Young Chamber Student network Top Jobs in Area

  19. For further information about the work of the Herts. Chamber please contact jillcoggins@hertschamber.com