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REIDsteel Continues Support For Schools Through Young Chamber

Posted on: 08/06/2018

John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) has continued its support for Twynham School and The Grange School through its renewed sponsorship of the Young Chamber programme.

REIDsteel is an award-winning specialist structural steel engineering and cladding company with a UK and worldwide reputation for excellence in the custom design, engineering, fabrication and erection of a wide variety of steel structures.

Simon Boyd, Managing Director of major local employer REIDsteel, said: “It is no secret that the engineering sector is currently facing a skills shortage. As a growing business with UK and worldwide projects to deliver, it is imperative that we engage with the next generation of potential engineers, draughtspeople and skilled steel and sheet metal workers, as well as those who will be involved with the managerial and administrative aspects of our organisation.  Young Chamber, run by Dorset Chamber, is one of the programmes we are working with to address this, now.  Both The Grange and Twynham schools have a great ethos and we are delighted to be supporting them through the Young Chamber for a second year.”

The Grange School’s emphasis on vocational studies earned it the BTEC School of the Year Award in 2017, presented by The Rt Hon the Baroness Garden of Frognal MP at The Houses of Parliament. Twynham School achieved Outstanding across all categories in its last Ofsted Report and is in the top 4% of schools in this category.

Rob Palmer, Assistant Headteacher at Twynham School is responsible for Vocational Education across the Twynham Learning Federation including The Grange School.  He said: “We are very fortunate to have the support of many local businesses through the vocational courses we offer our students, and membership of Young Chamber enhances and adds to this through engagement with Dorset Chamber members from a wide variety of sectors, both for students and staff.  We are grateful to REIDsteel for their continued support of this initiative and look forward to working closely with them to promote opportunities to our students as well.”

Dorset Chamber’s dedicated Young Chamber Coordinator facilitates activity on behalf of schools, including recruiting speakers from the business sector on a wide variety of subjects from inspirational talks to career specific / subject related expertise; contacting businesses to support careers fairs and mock interviews; helping with work experience placements and recruiting governors.  Young Chamber is an additional resource for careers staff in schools, with the ability to talk directly to 700+ businesses on their behalf, something which has proved very powerful. 

Ian Girling, Chief Executive Officer at Dorset Chamber, said: “Dorset is home to some fantastic, world class and leading engineering organisations such as REIDsteel and Dorset Chamber fully supports the drive to inspire young people into this fascinating sector.  It is great that REIDsteel has taken this a step further to engage directly with schools and young people in Christchurch through Young Chamber sponsorship.”

The Young Chamber programme operates independently of public sector funding and schools become members of Young Chamber through annual sponsorship by a business.  For more information about the benefits for sponsors and schools visit https://dorsetchamber.co.uk/young-chamber. There are currently thirteen Young Chamber schools in Dorset, with several others actively seeking business sponsors.  For more information, please contact Joan Senior, Young Chamber Coordinator at joan.senior@dcci.co.uk

Young Chamber in Dorset is sponsored and supported by Bournemouth University and Dorset Echo/Bournemouth Echo.

REIDsteel has the capability to design, manufacture, ship and erect entire steel buildings including their cladding and or glazing requirements anywhere in the UK, Europe and the world. The 130-strong company has exported to 140 countries to date in nearly a century of trading.

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