Business Ambassadors Workshop

Business Ambassadors Workshop

Representatives from local employers join the Business Ambassador programme at the latest workshop co-ordinated by John Oliver, (front row, centre) EBP adviser with Careers Wales.

Representatives from a wide range of organisations demonstrated their support for tomorrow’s workforce by becoming the latest recruits to enrol as Business Ambassadors with Careers Wales Education Business Partnership (EBP) in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Kindly hosted by the New House Country Hotel in Thornhill, Cardiff, the representatives attended a workshop to find out more about the world of education and the range of EBP activities in which they can get involved to help young people in school find out about and prepare for the world of work.

Companies represented at the workshop included Admiral Group, Barclays Direct Mortgages, Cowlin Construction Ltd, HM Revenue and Customs, Lifestyle Fit Personal Training, Lloyds Banking Group, NHS Wales Informatics Service, Radisson Blu Hotel Cardiff, Sing and Inspire, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Tesco Customer Services and The Vine Trust.

Business Ambassadors enhance work related learning by giving talks to students, hosting visits, becoming mentors, taking part in mock interviews, acting as advisers to young people involved in enterprise activities, offering work experience or supporting teachers with curriculum development. Their contribution takes into account the amount of time they are able to offer as well as the type of activity which interests them.

Helen Phillips, lecturer at Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science & Informatics and guest speaker at the workshop explained her support for the programme. She said: “Becoming a Business Ambassador with the EBP has provided me with an excellent opportunity to tell young people about the importance of computing in our daily lives, the career opportunities which exist and the skills employers are looking for. The chance to inspire and motivate young people whatever their chosen career path is hugely worthwhile and rewarding.”

New recruit Georgina Jones, company director of Sing and Inspire added: “Today’s workshop has been a great opportunity to meet with other like-minded people who are interested in making a personal contribution to the education of young people. I’m sure it will also offer learning opportunities for me and I look forward to working with Careers Wales, schools and other Business Ambassadors to help young people achieve their goals.”

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