First schools’ engagement event hailed a great success

Published Monday, 18 September 2017

THE COUNCIL ORGANISED an event, the first of its kind, to bring together representatives from the wide variety of academies and multi-academy trusts, multi-agency partnerships and business networks,

More than 50 delegates from schools across the borough joined representatives from local businesses, the police, the council and other key community organisations at an event to discuss how they can all better work together to improve prospects for children and young people in this area.

The Local Engagement Event, which was organised by the Borough Council, was attended by head teachers, assistant head teachers, governors and business leaders who came along to find out more about the support available to boost opportunities for their students from a variety of local strategic, voluntary and employment organisations.

The event also spotlighted opportunities for promoting better connections between businesses and schools by highlighting the opportunities in the area for improving training and skills for young people. Local business leaders and enterprise experts offered practical ways that schools can help their students to build connections with businesses and develop students’ employment skills to further prepare and equip students for their working lives and the exciting job opportunities available in the area.

The event was hailed a great success by delegates from attending schools and businesses. Andrew Churchill, Director of Churchill Engineering said the event was an, “inspiring room of people who together can push forward this agenda for the good of our local young people.”

Head Teacher of Redmoor Academy, Matt Nicholle, added the event was a "fantastic opportunity for schools, businesses and local services to get together so we can better support our communities," and Simon Andrews, Assistant Head Teacher at South Charnwood Academy, agreed: "(it is) essential to develop working relationships between school, businesses, the Borough Council and wider partnerships for the benefit of all local young people."

Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Member for Communities, Cllr Kevin Morrell said: "It’s an exciting agenda and the event has been truly inspirational having local key contacts come together at one event. I think we need to collaborate and work together to strengthen the support for local young people. I am very proud of our officers for delivering what I hope will be an annual event which will just get bigger.”