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Connecting Education with the Local Economy

By 1st October 2014 No Comments

The south west’s business community will get a unique opportunity to engage directly with schools later this year at a first-of-its-kind conference organised by RIO.

Taking place on Thursday 20 November at Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth, the conference titled ‘Enterprise for all – connecting schools with the local economy’ aims to bring together schools, businesses and infrastructure organisations from across the south west, to explore the links between the changing landscape for the economy and education.

Supported by BIS – the Government department for Business, Innovation and Skills – and the Peninsula City Deal Growth Hub, the Enterprise for All conference aims to start some strategic conversations around key issues including workforce development, skills gaps and meaningful enterprise education.

Jonathan Clitheroe, Lead Developer for RIO’s schools service said: “For too long schools have been forced to operate in isolation of their local community and local economy. This bubble, created in part by central government and local authority procurement, prevented school leaders from venturing outside of their schools gates and entering into key economic debates around skills shortages, workforce development and the real partnerships that could be created between schools and their local communities.

“Schools have a lot to offer, they are great to do business with and they have a lot to offer in return by way of partnership, investment opportunities and CSR.

“We hope that by creating a day for school and business leaders to come together we can begin to talk about how we can tackle the key issues together.”

A range of key note speakers from across education and economy will kick the conference off, followed by themed panel debates around developing work-ready young people, doing better business with schools, plus plenty of networking opportunities.

There will also be a showcase of enterprise education from south west schools including Devonport High School for Boys, Tavistock College and Newton Abbot College.

For more information and to book your place please click here.

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