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Small businesses encouraged to link up with schools

Borough of Poole is encouraging small businesses to help ensure young people are fully prepared for the world of work. 

By supporting a series of free workshops the council hopes small businesses will work more closely with schools to help prepare young people for life after education. 

Workshops are being held across Dorset from 21 September to 23 September and small and medium sized organisations (SMEs) are invited to come and find out how they can sustain and grow their businesses by engaging with local schools and promoting the skills and careers they have to offer. 

Cllr Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Economy, Borough of Poole, said: “Employers sometimes feel the skills acquired by young people whilst in education are at odds with the skills needed in the workplace. However they can play a part in helping to address this imbalance by motivating and inspiring young people about skills and careers on offer as well as encouraging them to make more informed career decisions. We hope as many small businesses as possible will take the opportunity to find out more at these workshops and become involved in helping to create a dynamic workforce for the future.” 

Steve Pattle, Partnership Manager for the National Careers Service Inspiration Agenda, said: “It is vital that young people, currently at school, are working towards acquiring the right skills and aspiring towards the careers that will be in demand. Whilst many large companies already engage innovatively with local schools, the SMEs are often under-represented, yet these companies account for over 50% of those employed in the private sector. 

“We do recognise the resource challenges many SMEs face in this regard and we are interested to hear their views on this important matter, so that we can respond and support them accordingly moving forward.” 

The workshops will be delivered by the Inspiration Agenda, part of the Government’s free all age careers service, in partnership with Young Enterprise, a charity with extensive experience of delivering programmes to schools to support their careers education, and Reworked Solutions Ltd which offers innovative curriculum materials. 

The events will run from 5pm to 7pm on Monday 21 September at the Royal Chase Hotel, Shaftesbury, Tuesday 22 September at Merley House, Wimborne and Wednesday 23 September at Athelhampton House, Dorchester. To book a free place email inspirations.sc@ncs-cfbt.com or contact Steve Pattle on 07568 474736.