Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen and Welsh Slate team up to deliver Business Class programme

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Welsh Slate has teamed up with local school Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen in one of more than 80 partnerships, the first for Gwynedd, created as part of the Business Class programme in Wales. 

Business Class is a Business in the Community (BITC) programme, delivered by Careers Wales and funded by the Welsh Government.  Business Class is a tried and tested model that builds sustainable partnerships between business and schools in Wales. These partnerships are driven by the needs of schools and the priorities, resources and capacity of business.

To help create a future workforce and highlight future opportunities, Welsh Slate is hoping to improve and develop students’ entrepreneurial and employability skills by providing a variety of experiences; from work experience to site visits to an enterprise challenge. The partnership will help students to develop lifelong skills and knowledge that will support them through school and into the world of work.

Chris Allwood, Welsh Slate Managing Director said: “The future of Welsh Slate will depend on developing its future workforce to be able to address the ever changing challenges that present themselves; whether new technologies, new products and processes or new markets.  Where better to start than with those students who have a unique insight into the culture and heritage of the slate landscape.”

“The Business Class programme allows us to share our skills and expertise with the young people at Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen to help them understand what is needed to thrive in the workplace once they leave school. It also allows us the opportunity to learn from the students about how they see us and our place in the community, so the partnership benefits both ourselves and the pupils involved in the collaboration.”

Shirley Rogers, Careers Wales Director of Service Delivery said: “Business Class brings industry and young people together in a practical way, as this excellent collaboration illustrates.  We are looking forward to seeing how this partnership flourishes next year and beyond.

“Business Class provides invaluable lessons about the world of work outside of the normal school curriculum, showing students about the range of different opportunities there are after education. In this particular partnership, Welsh Slate is hoping to teach the students of Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen about the importance of preparing for the world of work and thus equipping them with the tools required to become the next generation of Wales’ workforce.”

Matt Appleby, director of Business in the Community Cymru, added: “Partnerships and events with major Welsh employers such as Welsh Slate is what Business Class is all about. It gives pupils the chance to interact with companies and ask questions about their future career opportunities. 

“Encouraging companies to engage with young people not only demonstrates their commitment to their potential future staff but also helps equip students with lifelong skills such as teamwork, interview preparation and other practical knowledge for their future careers.” 

Careers Wales is an all-Wales service that offers free career advice, tips and guidance to people of all ages looking to enter full or part time employment, work schemes, apprenticeships or gain work experience to further their skills and job prospects. 

Careers Wales gives advice in both Welsh and English and for further information and to access their services, you can search online for www.careerswales.com or follow them on Twitter @CareersWales or on Facebook under www.facebook.com/careerswales.

 

Photo (from left to right):

Dylan Davies – Deputy Head Teacher, Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen

Rhian Lloyd-Thomas – Area Manager, Careers Wales 

Alun Llwyd – Head Teacher, Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen

Chris Allwood – Managing Director, Welsh Slate 

John Edwards – Business Engagement Adviser, Careers Wales 

Dr Dafydd Roberts – Governor, Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen

Year 7 Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen pupils

 

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