The Chamber is working with the 14-19 Partnership and Thomas Alleyne School in Stevenage to help equip young people with essential business and administration skills and knowledge.

Through the Young Apprenticeship in Business and Administration programme the Chamber can enable you and your organisation to become involved in shaping the workforce of the future by offering able and motivated pupils between the ages of 14 and 16 the chance to get a taste of real work alongside their school studies.

Those taking part are specially selected Yr 10 students from Thomas Alleyne School in Stevenage and are looking to gain work related experience as part of their G.C.S.E Business and NVQ – Level 1 in administration courses. Students have been selected for this programme on their ability to gain at least 5 A-C, G.C.S.E’s in the course of their school studies.

The Chamber is seeking the support of businesses to provide 5 days of work experience, from the 16th to the 20th July 2007, and, providing the candidate is of a satisfactory standard, from September 2007 the young person can spend one day per week, a Wednesday, in the workplace whilst continuing their studies.

Taking on a Young Apprentice is a rewarding experience and it can help you develop your own future workforce as well as meeting some of your Corporate Social Responsibility and staff development objectives.

There is full support and advice available for participating businesses so for further information on how you can get involved, and the real business benefits available to your organisation in doing so, please contact John McBride at the Chamber’s Stevenage & North Herts Branch – telephone 01438 310017 or email john.mcbride@hertschamber.com .