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Pledge a brighter future to the young

South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce has thrown its weight behind a new initiative to connect Crewe’s young people with potential future employers.

The organisation is keen to develop closer links between youngsters and employers through Crewe Pledge – a scheme highlighting benefits of the apprenticeship programme while offering work placements and work readiness support to youngsters in school or college.

Helping the Chamber to lead the drive is former headteacher Trevor Langston. He said: “Hundreds of young people leave schools, colleges and university in the South Cheshire area with excellent qualifications, skills and attitudes.

“We don’t want to lose them to other parts of the country or indeed see them stay local and close to their families only to struggle to find work.

“The message from Crewe Pledge is: ‘Your business would benefit from having these young people with you.’ Give them a chance to show how what an asset they can be.”

Crewe Pledge will create opportunities for career talks, work experience, internships and graduate placements.

It also aims to destroy the myths surrounding the apprenticeship programme and help companies overcome any obstacles preventing them from taking on a young person supported by Government funding.

He added: “There’s often a misconception that taking on an apprentice means lots of paper work and hassle. But it’s easy and costs less than you think. Crewe Pledge will be working to get that message across and create real jobs for local youngsters.”

The scheme includes an employment readiness programme which is already underway at King’s Grove, Ruskin, St Thomas More and  Sir William Stanier schools.

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South Cheshire Chamber Chief Executive with Business & Education Co-ordinator Trevor Langston

South Cheshire Chamber chief executive Paul Colman said: “The Chamber is all about promoting local business and we see the recruitment of talented young people as part of the jigsaw which creates prosperity.

“Indeed the British Chamber of Commerce states in its Business Plan for Britain that we need to ‘develop the talents of the next generation because preparing young people for the world of work, investing in the skills of those already at work and nurturing the business leaders of tomorrow are essential to the UK’s competitiveness.’

“As a member of the British Chamber we underline these aims and have recruited Trevor Langston to build this momentum and goodwill.”

More than 30 people from business and education met last night at The Virgin Trains Talent Academy to pledge support and discuss their contribution.

Already backing the scheme are Cheshire East Council, Crewe Town Council, Virgin Trains, Total People, The National Sales Academy, Momentum Factor and Pure PR.

Anyone interested in becoming involved is asked email or call him on 07595 496400.

A formal breakfast launch of Crewe Pledge will take place at South Cheshire College at 9.30am on March 27. To book a place, please contact Trevor Langston.

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