Suffolk New College becomes first patron of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce ‘Young Chamber’ scheme

Viv Gillespie, principal at Suffolk New College.

Viv Gillespie, principal at Suffolk New College.

Suffolk New College has become the first organisation to sign up as a patron of the Young Chamber scheme run by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce to bridge the gap between the worlds of education and work.

The further education college has a strong reputation for supporting its students into the next stage of their careers – with 93% of them having gone on into either employment or higher education in the last three years – and it has been a Young Chamber member for some time.

Patrons of the scheme are able to access a number of additional products from the chamber’s suite of services including support in recruiting business governors, CV writing workshops for students, talks from local businesspeople and help in hosting careers fayres.

Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford of Suffolk Chamber said: “We have had an excellent relationship with Suffolk New College for some time. They are one of our patrons and have been a Young Chamber member for a while.

“By upgrading their status to being the education sector patron, we can now offer them even more business-oriented support aimed at helping their students better bridge the gap between education and the world of work and boost the senior management team’s already impressive business awareness.”

College principal Viv Gillespie added “We are delighted to become a patron of Young Chamber. This new initiative links young people in schools with the world of work and with business. At Suffolk New College we concentrate on developing the employability skills of students.”

Suffolk Chamber is in discussions with other businesses about becoming patrons in other market sectors. Businesses interested in becoming Young Chamber patrons should contact Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford on (01473) 694807.