Young Chamber, an initiative from the British Chamber of Commerce, aims to bring together young people aged 11-19 with local businesses through the Chamber of Commerce network, to provide a meaningful understanding of careers, jobs and opportunities after leaving education.
More than 30 local organisations were involved in facilitating the day, including universities and further education providers, offering advice and insight into the world of continued learning and employment.
Trainee solicitor and former Archbishop Blanch student Sarah McGuiness was there to talk to students alongside managing partner Paul Bibby. Sarah said:
“I’ve been so impressed with how confident and well prepared students are. Even the younger students are keen to engage employers and they’re really asking the right questions and it’s been a pleasure talking to them.
“Archbishop Blanch are clearly doing a great job of getting students to really consider their futures and days like today are so important in helping young people to actually understand their options. It was great to be involved and help them to see that routes into a career in professional services are not as rigid as they once were.”
Paul Bibby, managing partner at MSB Solicitors agreed, saying:
“Alternative routes into professional careers isn’t simply something we support, it is something we actively promote. I’m proud that we have been able to support a number of staff through the non-academic route to law – including 3 of our partners.
“The opportunity to be involved today and potentially inspire new generations of lawyers was too good to miss. I’ve been impressed to find students – even the younger ones - asking some very thoughtful questions. I’m also pleased that year 11 student Daisy Cooper is joining us in April for work experience.”
Head teacher at Archbishop Blanch, Heather Duggan said: “We really do find careers days incredibly valuable – and this has been our biggest and best yet.
“University isn’t a realistic option for everybody now – added to that, we’re moving at an increasingly faster pace now, and so it’s not always an attractive option in any case. It’s so important that out students know about other options.
“Apprenticeships arguably offer a much more immediate route into employment, with more flexibility and cash in their hand. Working with Young Chamber has really helped expose us to those organisations who may provide opportunities for our students in the future. I’d like to thank everybody who has made today possible.”