Businesses to tackle Norfolk MPs on how to ‘Unlock Potential’ of Norfolk’s young people

Businesses will have the chance to engage with seven of Norfolk’s nine MPs on the key issue of young people, at Norfolk Chamber’s ‘MPs Event 2013’ on Friday 8 February.

Entitled ‘Unlocking the Potential of Norfolk’s Young People’, the high profile event will be held at Dunston Hall and is sponsored by Greater Anglia, Norse and Dunston Hall. The event will be split into three key discussion areas: ‘Bridging the gap between education and business’, ‘Opportunities for young people in the Norfolk supply chain’, and ‘What our young start-up businesses need’.

Each discussion area will feature an MP, who will provide their update on the Government’s role, followed by a local organization which will give an example of good practice that works well in Norfolk. These will include Michael Rose, Head of Wayland Academy; Norse, which will be bringing five apprentices to the event; and Jack Passant, Norfolk’s first recipient of the Government’s Start-up Loan Scheme.

A roundtable Q&A discussion will follow each of the presentations to enable delegates to give their thoughts and feedback directly to the MPs.

Caroline Williams, CEO of Norfolk Chamber, said:

“This event poses a unique opportunity for businesses to get their voice heard by the people who can make a real difference and influence policy. Bringing on our young people and preparing them for the challenging world of work is essential for a healthy future economy and this event is the place where businesses can have their say and get involved. We had 120 people at last year’s MP’s event and it was phenomenally successful in bringing together key decision makers and business leaders in the region.”

George Freeman, MP for Mid Norfolk stated:

“I’m delighted to be supporting this important conference because the debt crisis makes this a particularly challenging time school leavers and graduates to start their careers.  The Government is creating a framework to support vocational training and apprenticeships around the country; now the challenge is for us in Norfolk to help our youngsters access the opportunities that are available”

Tom McGarry Communcations Manager covering the supply chain element said:

”Sizewell C could create thousands of jobs and opportunities for Suffolk and Norfolk businesses and young people We are delighted to support Norfolk Chamber’s event and speak to businesses and local representatives on the potential benefits and future opportunties open to young people “

John Wastage Policy Advisr British Chambers of Commerce said:

“Chambers of Commerce and their members work with schools and young people across the country to broaden career choices, promote enterprise and improve work-preparedness. Improving the skills of the UK workforce, and supporting young people to become work-ready are important priorities for the Chamber Network. Norfolk Chamber has created an excellent opportunity to inform the work of local MPs and draw attention to lessons from the good work already being done.

Michael Rose Head Wayland Academy highlighting education/business opportunities said:

“I am delighted to be able to contribute to the debate surrounding the importance of integrating business and education in such a way as to give our young people world class opportunities”
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To book your place at the event go to the event booking site

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