Who we are
Welcome to the Young Chamber, a programme working to mobilise
Dorset businesses to support careers education
The Young Chamber programme was created in response to the annual Ofsted report to Parliament in December 2015, which outlined the importance of strong careers advice and guidance and identified that there is a firm need for schools to improve their links with employers.
National research with employers has also shown that there is a growing gap between education and employment, while employers report that a lack of interpersonal skills in young people is often an issue.
The aim of Young Chamber in Dorset is to provide a high-quality, cost effective solution for schools / colleges to give young people inspiring and motivational careers advice.
Young Chamber adds value by actively promoting schools and businesses through professional communications and established media channels to support activity and create engagement between educational establishments and businesses.
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about what we do
The role of Young Chamber is to promote the involvement of businesses and business people with schools in Dorset.
Schools and colleges who engage with the support programmes available promoted by Young Chamber are already giving their students a huge advantage in this respect.
How it works
We are always looking to speak with new businesses who would like to be involved with the delivery of the programme.
This is facilitated through organised visits to businesses; inspirational talks; supporting mock interview and careers fair events by sourcing companies where there may be a sector gap. There are additional options to provide workshops on CV writing and job applications, preparing for a job interview and exploring post-16 options.
In addition, schools / colleges are offered the opportunity for teachers / staff to spend time in industry (sourced and coordinated through Young Chamber); to receive signposting to apprenticeships* through our involvement with key partners in this areas and support of an Apprenticeship Ambassador scheme; tailored help with Governor recruitment as required; and facilitated development of strategic links with local businesses in defined sectors.
*from Jan 2018 schools are required to provide access for other Higher Education and Apprenticeship providers to present students with options.
A typical management cycle
With a large bank of high quality businesses committed to working with schools, we provide a unique opportunity for establishing partnerships between education and business. We can also help employers to develop a greater understanding of young people. Young Chamber complements the good work already taking place in schools / colleges and directly supports an increase in positive ‘post education destinations’ data and helping to reducing NEETs.
Quality Assurance and Code of Conduct
We quality assure the Young Chamber programme, tailored for the school or college by insisting all businesses sign a clear code of conduct for working with young people. Safeguarding good practice will be adhered to at all times and young people will always work in groups.
After activities have taken place, our Young Chamber Coordinator provides follow up with the students, teachers and employers. This evaluation is used to help develop and improve the Young Chamber programme as well as providing positive coverage for successful interactions and case studies where relevant.