The worlds of academia and business were brought together at an event to highlight the needs for closer working between the two.
The North East Chamber of Commerce staged “Linking Business and Education” to discuss benefits of linking education and business and share best practice.
The event, held at Teesside University Darlington Campus, was attended by 40 teachers and career advisors from North East schools.
NECC policy specialist, Helen Hayes, said: “It is becoming increasingly important for those involved in education to engage with the business community to ensure that students are well apprised of where the jobs will be when they leave full-time education and what vocational training opportunities are available to them.
“I was delighted by the turnout at the event and the general appetite from both schools and businesses to work together. It provides us with a platform to drive the agenda forward.”
NECC Chief Executive, James Ramsbotham, welcomed people to the event, which included speakers: Ian Kinnery, private sector skills lead for Tees Valley Unlimited; Darush Dodds, group added value manager at Esh Group, which has invested heavily in training and the recruitment of young people; Kelly Dillon, director of enterprise, Freebrough Academy and Michelle Wright, communications manager, Fabrick Housing spoke about the mutually beneficial successful links they have already established.
Hayes added: “There is some great work already going on out there and hopefully hearing from the speakers, who have all benefitted from successful collaborations, will inspire others to do likewise.”
The event also featured a question-and-answer session with a panel made up of the speakers, as well as Charlotte Nichols of Harvey and Hugo and Chris Beaumont of Clive Owen and Co.