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Press Release by Cambridge University Press

A year after a scheme to bring schools and businesses together launched in Cambridge, an event took place last month at Cambridge University Press to call on more local businesses to get involved.

The ‘Business Class’ education programme, designed to bring business expertise to secondary schools, was launched in Cambridge last November by the charity Business in the Community (BITC), Cambridge University Press, Dalehead Foods and Ridgeons.

Business Class aims to raise aspirations for schools and their pupils by building sustained, long-term partnerships between schools and experienced local business people. The businesses involved offer mentoring, work experience, advice, guidance and use of facilities.

The partnerships under the scheme in Cambridge so far are: Cambridge University Press and Parkside Federation Academies; Dalehead Foods and Linton Village College; and Ridgeons and The Manor School. Senior representatives from all three businesses involved in Business Class in Cambridge were at the event to inspire other employers in Cambridge to partner with schools. Eight companies not currently engaged with Business Class were in attendance, including The Grafton Centre, as well as representatives from schools, Business in the Community, and students from Parkside Federation.

Heidi Mulvey, Head of Community Engagement at Cambridge University Press, said: “Although Business Class is a national scheme started in 2008, it is only a year old in Cambridge. Schools and the businesses involved already in Cambridge have both benefitted hugely in the last year, with really inspiring projects being worked on, and we would urge more local businesses to help support our local schools.”

The event was part of a nationwide campaign last month, by Business in the Community to encourage more businesses and schools to work together through the Business Class programme.

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community, said: “Business Class in Action aims to raise awareness of the pressing challenges faced by young people and the role that business must play to help tackle them at a time of record youth unemployment. Over 2,000 people took part in events across the country in November, providing solutions and sharing practical examples of how business and schools are collaborating to boost pupil achievement and school performance.  Business, government and schools have a joint responsibility to help create the workforces of the future and we encourage more businesses and schools to work together for the long-term.”

Pictured far right: Divisional HR Manager, Dalehead Foods, Joanne Collins

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