ON the 9th March 2011, Renfrewshire Chamber signed a three-year partnership, making every school in Renfrewshire (63) a member of the Chamber.
This partnership will give schools access to many products and services including:
• Chamber eNews
• Business Matters quarterly magazine
• Website / iPhone app
• Business people to speak at schools
• On-site business tours
• School pupils at events
The partnership opportunity was brought to the Chamber’s attention by Wilma Leburn, development officer, enterprise, with Renfrewshire Council. Wilma has been working closely with the Chamber over the past few months to make the partnership a reality.
The agreement was officially signed at a ceremony at Gleniffer High School in Paisley, attended by pupils from Gleniffer High as well as Bushes Primary, St Catherine’s Primary School and Kersland School. A number of staff from other schools also attended.
Councillor Lorraine Cameron, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s education policy board, said: “The aim of Curriculum for Excellence is to give school pupils a broad range of educational experience that will stand them in good stead for the future both socially and professionally.
“By entering this agreement with the Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce our schools will be able to further work with the local business community to share expertise and gain valuable experience for future careers in business.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for local young people.”
Commenting on the partnership, Chamber president, Tom Johnston, commented: “Renfrewshire Chamber are delighted to be forging closer relationships with Renfrewshire schools, involving pupils of all ages and the teaching staff.
“With our access to business personnel and information, pupils have a robust additional avenue to learn about the world of work and gain exposure to business life.
“It’s difficult enough for young people to know what careers to pursue or what subjects to study after leaving school, the information and events we will assist in providing will help them make more informed choices.”
Pictured left to right:
Robert Naylor – director of Education, Renfrewshire Council
Councillor Lorraine Cameron – convener, education policy board
Tom Johnston – president, Renfrewshire Chamber
Bob Davidson – chief executive, Renfrewshire Chamber
Notes to editor:
About Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce
Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce help Renfrewshire businesses of all sizes and sectors grow and prosper. We are a fully accredited Chamber established in 1964 and based at Glasgow Airport. We have two local Chambers affiliated to us – Greenock and Helensburgh and across Renfrewshire represent 500 members / 30,000 employees.
We are a very active Chamber and ran 90 networking events in 2010, provided free business mentoring to 150 companies and processed over 10,000 export docs.
We operate the Glasgow Airport Business Centre and are proud to have the first Chamber iPhone app in Europe.
To read about how we can support your business and find links to follow us on all the main social media sites please visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com / 0141 847 5450.
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