Cornwall Chamber of Commerce is to run a series of events for young people in the Duchy giving them direct access to “inspirational businesses”.
Long-term trends show A Level and GCSE results continue to improve, but youth unemployment is almost three times the national average – possibly highlighting a gap between academic achievement and work readiness.
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has unveiled a plan to put thousands of young people directly in touch with local businesses, to improve the quality of careers advice they receive.
The ‘Your Future’ UK programme of career events, supported by the Skills Funding Agency, will give 70,000 young people access to potential employers, showcase the range of career options open to them, and help them to plan their future to take advantage of these opportunities.
It will also give businesses the platform to meet the employees of tomorrow and to talk about the skills and qualities they look for when recruiting.
Cornwall Chamber will deliver the events locally, bringing together hundreds of pupils, businesses, schools, colleges and training providers in order to address this issue and improve young people’s prospects for a successful career.
Cornwall Chamber chief executive, Kim Conchie, said: “At the age of 14 or 15, many children have no idea what they want to do – but most crucially, many don’t get the opportunity to meet the fantastic businesses we have in Cornwall who have the potential to inspire them and get them excited about their future career prospects.
“Support from the British Chambers of Commerce and Skills Funding Agency is just what we need to get some real results and get the next generation excited about business.”