Working in partnership with local education and academia for business growth
A number of our members are educational bodies, HR professionals and training companies and there is a natural affiliation between their work and what we know to be important to Hertfordshire’s future business success.
With this in mind we organise a quarterly HR Forum to provide our members with an opportunity to form useful associations and discuss human resource issues in a mutually supportive environment.
The Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards, launched by the Chamber in 2012, recognises the importance of skills for employability and offers a platform to acknowledge those organisations that have invested in creating programmes of people development for their staff and stakeholders.
We are proud to have the University of Hertfordshire Business School as one of our Patrons. The Chamber sets great value by our working relationship with the University and share its goals to support and develop the skills of business community in the county.
For three years now the University of Hertfordshire has been a headline sponsor of the Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards celebrating entrepreneurship, outstanding business practice and excellence in people development.
The Chamber collaborates with all of the local FE colleges promoting their very extensive young adult programme which prepares college leavers for employment to member organisations. They provide skills training and career development working in collaboration with a number of large scale businesses located in the county.
Apprenticeships are the key to the future employment of young people, Educational environments, however good they are, can’t always provide students with all the skills and experience needed for the work place.
The National Apprenticeship Scheme offers school leavers an alternative to university, giving them an opportunity to gain relevant workplace qualifications and work experience at the start of their working life.
The Chamber can offer advice and provide contacts and information to members who are interested in exploring offering an apprenticeship placement within their business.
The skills landscape can be very confusing; the only constant is that the skills agenda is constantly changing. It is critical to the continued economic health of the county that we stay in touch with the skills needs of the business community. To address this we have embraced the BCC Skills Manifesto locally which brings together a range of organisations including business representatives, to meet the long term skills challenges of the county.