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10th May 2016

SAA invited to join Dorset Young Chamber

FRESH from our glowing Ofsted report, St Aldhelm’s Academy is now taking the lead in a national initiative to connect schools and employers.

We are delighted to be the first school in the county to join The 2016 Dorset Young Chamber – a scheme designed to boost students’ skills and make them more employable.

The scheme is being led by Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) with the support of the British Chambers of Commerce.

As part of The Young Chamber, St Aldhelm’s pupils will have access to high quality career advice, receive help to develop the skills they will need for work and form valuable connections with local employers.

Ian Girling, Chief Executive of the DCCI and David McNair, its President, met Sian Thomas, Executive Principal of St Aldhelm’s for a tour of the academy and to discuss the programme.

Ian said: “National research by the British Chambers of Commerce reveals that 88 per cent of firms believe school leavers are not prepared for work. This is a shocking statistic and one which we want to address here in Dorset with the help of The Young Chamber.”

He continued: “I have been extremely impressed by St Aldhelm’s; its inspirational head Sian Thomas, its stunning building and its charming and polite pupils.

“The Academy has already shown its commitment to its pupils’ future success in its recent Good rating from Oftsed and this makes it an ideal forerunner for The Dorset Young Chamber.

“I am very much looking forward to working with Sian and the academy to forge valuable connections with local businesses.”

Executive Principal Sian Thomas, said: “We are committed to providing all our pupils with the best education at St Aldhelm’s and The Dorset Young Chamber will open new and important doors to them in terms of their future careers.

“We are very excited to be the first school to be come on board with the programme.”

Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry paid a visit to St Aldhelm's Academy, pictured with pupils are David McNair director of Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital, DCCI chief executive Iain Girling , AAT CEO Brian Hooper, Ellis Jones managing partner Nigel Smith and St Aldhelms principal Sian Thomas.

Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry paid a visit to St Aldhelm’s Academy, pictured with pupils are David McNair director of Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital, DCCI chief executive Ian Girling , AAT CEO Brian Hooper, Ellis Jones managing partner Nigel Smith and St Aldhelm’s principal Sian Thomas.

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