Business in the Community

On Friday 4 July Newton Abbot College hosted a Business in the Community event as part of the Prince’s Trust ‘Seeing is Believing’ programme.  Senior executives from DCH, Devon County Council, Fifteen Cornwall, Francis Clark LLP, Interserve PLC, Lloyds Banking Group, Mida and Peninsula Enterprise took part in visits on the day to the Met Office in Exeter, Newton Abbot College and St James School, Exeter. The purpose of the programme and these visits is to demonstrate how businesses can successfully work with schools to engage young people to explore the variety of career opportunities available and then support them onwards into the career of their choice. Since the programme began in 2008, 350 Business Class partnerships have been established making a difference to 50,000 young people.  Young people’s chances of getting a job increase substantially when they come into regular and sustained contact with employers through schemes like Business Class. Business Class is a proven and efficient way for businesses to partner with schools.  Activities are designed to suit both the school and the business and enable schools to identify specific areas that would benefit from the partnership. During their visit to Newton Abbot College the executives were given a welcome and overview by the Principal, Gareth Davies, followed by a short presentation outlining projects that have been undertaken with their Business Class partner, Lloyds Banking.  Year 10 students then took part in an Enterprise Activity presenting three different business models to the visiting executives.  They then had the opportunity to discuss in more detail with students what could be done to help the model succeed. [caption id="attachment_6700" align="aligncenter" width="551"]Newton Abbot College students with (L-R) Jacquie Bamber, BITC Education Manager, Dave Beaumont, Lloyds Bank, and Tracy Rees, BITC Community Impact Manager. Newton Abbot College students with (L-R) Jacquie Bamber, BITC Education Manager, Dave Beaumont, Lloyds Bank, and Tracy Rees, BITC Community Impact Manager.[/caption] Ben Brook, Newton Abbot College’s Business Manager, commented on the day “It was a real pleasure to not only see the entrepreneurial skills of our students but also that when their energy and creativity are coupled with the experience and wisdom that employers bring that their learning is significantly enhanced.  The College has a strong track record of working with local businesses large and small and we appreciate the real difference they can make in helping students on their path towards a fulfilling career.”

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