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President's Column: School's out - time for business to engage

31 July 2020

Over the 18 months of my presidency you will have heard me speak on many occasions about the importance of business engaging with education, preparing our young people for the workplace and widening their horizons to the opportunities across many industries, writes Solihull Chamber president Robert Elliot.

So many people were helping with assembly talks, careers sessions, business visits, and mentoring.  I would like to put on record my most sincere thanks to everyone involved.  You were making the difference and you were shaping the future. Thank you.

So, along comes Covid-19.  Schools close, lockdown starts and the business world changes in some cases forever. 

The rules of engagement change, the new normal does not resemble the past and like with many things in our lives we are adapting our ways.

In recent weeks, I have been working closely with the Careers Hub in Solihull.  As with many of the Chamber's activities, this work in conjunction with the team at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has been nothing but positive.

Schools and colleges are looking to September, how business can work with them to achieve benchmarks that require “meaningful encounters with business”. 

Equally resources are being assessed.  Which businesses are involved, wish to be involved, or perhaps have reasons not to have been involved in the past but could change. 

A survey has been created to assess the pool of help, and possible help.  I have completed it, and it took me less than five minutes.

The link is here.

Five minutes now could make all the difference later and, as business needs a future, engaging with education might help create that future. 

Thank you.

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