Last week’s Let’s Do Business event saw the largest ever number of delegates gather in Manchester to help inspire young people in their future careers.
Over 150 people attended the event in Manchester, part of the Let’s Do Business roadshow series. The series, delivered in partnership with the National Careers Service, allows school and business leaders to attend a free networking breakfast and find out how they can effectively work together.
Local students who have benefited from the Career Ready programme described the impact employer engagement has had on their lives. One student, Brad Arden from Oldham College, said:
“Most people in my family don’t have a business background so I had no idea what steps I might want to take after college.
“My Career Ready mentor, David, has helped me think about what career I want to get into and how I can get there. He has supported me with everything from building a CV to preparing for interviews so I can make sure I stand out from the competition.”
Attendees also heard from employers, headteachers and representatives from the National Career Service and local career networks. Christian Mancier, Partner at Gorvins Solicitors, said:
“Working with Career Ready gives you the chance to network with other local businesses and develop new relationships. Giving your staff the chance to volunteer also helps improve staff satisfaction which in turn increases staff retention.
“Most importantly though, I think business leaders have a moral obligation to give something back to the next generation. From my experience the more you put in the more you get out so if you find it difficult to recruit new staff with the right skills why not speak to your local schools and colleges and see if you can help to shape the curriculum so that you can build a talent pipeline.”
For a full list of soundbites from the Let’s Do Business event in Manchester, please click here.
Let’s Do Business has helped to create links between schools, colleges and businesses in Liverpool, Birmingham, Teesside and Manchester. The final event in the series will take place in Leeds in January 2016. To register your interest in attend please email Charley Duxbury.