Birmingham puts skills first with Let’s Do Business roadshow

Career Ready students Chirag Chavda from King Edward VI College and Rudo Chawasarira from Bournville College impressed a crowd of more than a hundred schools and businesses at our second Let’s Do Business roadshow, held in Birmingham.  

After the success of the launch in Liverpool in January, the Birmingham roadshow saw a similar turnout on Thursday 12 March. One hundred and eleven delegates from schools, colleges and businesses in the West Midlands attended the breakfast event at Fazeley Studios, which coincided with National Apprenticeship Week.

Organised in partnership with the National Careers Service, the series of roadshows aims to forge sustainable relationships between local employers and schools to better prepare young people for the world of work.

The packed agenda included a networking session and a selection of speakers from AstraZeneca, Barclays, the National Careers Service, as well as students who have personally benefitted from their experience on the Career Ready programme.

“I joined the STEM Career Ready programme at Bournville College because I wanted to be able to make an informed decision about my future. My mentor has been amazing and has really helped me to narrow down my choices based on my career plans – I now know where I want to go to university and exactly what I want to study. He’s stuck with me for good now!” Said Rudo Chawasarira.

Dave Davies, Director of Debt Finance at Barclays and Chair of a Local Advisory Board in Warwickshire, highlighted the benefits reaped by businesses through working with young people: “Offering mentoring opportunities can help to develop your junior managers. Offering internships can help you spot future talent in your local area. But for a lot of companies it is also an ideal way to give back to your local community.”

For a soundbite from all our speakers on the day, visit our website.

To find out more about upcoming Let’s Do Business roadshows in Teeside, London and Manchester, and to see how you can get involved, please contact Charley Burrows, Project Manager at Career Ready.