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NEC boss Paul Thandi in drive to forge new links between business and schools

SOLIHULL businesses are being asked to ‘step up to the mark’ in a drive to improve links between the world of work and local schools and colleges.

SOLIHULL businesses are being asked to step up to the mark in a drive to improve links between the world of work and local schools and colleges.

The campaign is being spearheaded by Paul Thandi, chief executive of the NEC Group and chairman of the Solihull Employment & Skills Board, which was created to bring together the parties and other organisations to identify and tackle local employment and skills issues.

I have been speaking to head teachers and businesses across Solihull about the benefits of bringing the world of work into the classroom, said Mr Thandi.

We are developing a number of projects to do this ranging from inspirational talks by local businesses to hands-on activities where young people can try out different jobs and skills.

There are over 8,000 businesses in Solihull imagine what we could achieve if every single one pledged to do something with a school even if it was just for one hour!

The aim is to ensure that young people have a better idea of what the world of work is all about, the opportunities available to them and what they need to do to reach their goals. The move also wants to see business as part of the solution to ensure that young people are prepared for the world of work rather than sitting back and complaining that they arent.

A number of firms have already pledged their support to the campaign including large employers such as Jaguar Land Rover and Birmingham Airport as well as smaller employers such as Arden Precision Ltd and Gro Organic.

For more information and to pledge support, contact Solihull Council on 0121 704 6151 or email business@solihull.gov.uk

 

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