At the end of last year, a new group of students undertook the formal application and interview process to join the current Student Chamber team, with the objective of building stronger connections with the business community.
Whilst schools are becoming more aware of the role that a business can play in supporting employability and entrepreneurship, students and the Chamber committee decided that it could be taken a step further, creating a Student Chamber to give young people more engagement with businesses at the beginning of their sixth form years, rather than at the end of them.
Chamber President Paul Anslow says, “The idea first came from a conversation with Phil Wright, Technical Director of Brunel engraving, who suggested that it takes a couple of years for students to really understand the workplace, where they are then a real asset. David [Wragg] suggested forming a student voice, to help the Chamber to remain current and to work more closely with Clevedon School and with the leadership of Clevedon School, the Student Chamber was born”. Our 2018 group of students were joined by Mark Patch of Fairway Learning to interview the candidates, gaining valuable experience.
Members engage with businesses, supporting the marketing of the Chamber whilst building their own connections to share the thoughts of the Students who are keen to gain work skills, and to promote the projects underway.
This represents a great step forward for the Clevedon Chamber and the business community as a whole, so huge thanks to Mark Davies, Jo Carrington and Sue Jones of Clevedon School for their support in making this possible.