Over 60 business leaders from across Suffolk have heard directly Skills minister and West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock that they can work hand in hand with the Government to ensure every child in the county reaches their career potential.
Mr Hancock was speaking at a Suffolk Chamber of Commerce business leaders’ event, to discuss the importance of the skills agenda.
“The world of education and the world of work need to work more closely together so young people can leave school or college with the right skills for today’s workplace,” Mr Hancock said.
“Young people now need the tenaciousness and character to become an asset to business and to build a future. City Deals will help businesses bridge the gaps and unlock the potential that is there for every child.”
The minister also reported that the new Greater Ipswich City Deal is essential in ensuring that the power to unlock the potential for young people is given to businesses on the ground to exercise it.
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has recently released their own skills manifesto ensuring the voice of Suffolk business is heard both locally and nationally.
“Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has identified the importance of skills to the heart of the business agenda,” said John Dugmore, the chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. “We need to work with schools and businesses to overcome the confidence gap with young
people. There also needs to be a greater say on funding for employers and an apprenticeships brokerage service for the county – these would make a real difference.”