North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce welcome Balshaw’s Church of England High School

Balshaw’s High School in Leyland is the latest Lancashire school to take advantage of a unique sponsorship opportunity offered to them by Euxton based business True Bearing Ltd.

Following interest from businesses wishing to work closer with their local schools and communities NWLCC have launched a ‘sponsor a school’ campaign. This gives businesses an opportunity to work with and support a local school of their choice.

“True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners are delighted to be a part of this great initiative,” said Susan Peary, Managing Director, of the firm.

She continued: “The efficient use of money, and how to manage it stumps most adults. If we can educate teenagers whilst still at school, they are more likely to avoid the pitfalls. Better still they may be able to make best use of their future investments and pensions, and enjoy a more comfortable adult life. There are also some great career opportunities that we can explain to the students. Our profession needs many more well qualified young people.”

True Bearing, established in 2003, now advise clients throughout the North West. They have become leaders in their field with numerous accolades to boot.

The Young Chamber programme, launched in 2016 by the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, is one which schools and colleges within the Chamber’s area can join to boost prospects for pupils and students.

Young Chamber is a national scheme run locally by chambers of commerce with accreditation from the British Chambers of Commerce. Its aim is to provide young people with a real and meaningful understanding of business, jobs, careers and the range of potential opportunities that exist once they leave education.

“I’m delighted to be involved with the Young Chamber programme,” said Head Teacher Steven Haycocks. “For young people competing in a global job market, our connection with the Young Chamber and our association with True Bearing, is a crucial part of the way that we will be able to get our students to make informed decisions about their routes into employment.  Through our work with the Young Chamber, we have already started to organise placements for our students in local industries and plan a careers fair.

Apprenticeships are an increasingly popular and competitive option for students completing their GCSEs and the government has committed to delivering 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.  The programme that we are putting together with Young Chamber will ensure that students at Balshaw’s are being given access to high quality opportunities and experiences from companies who are keen to engage in active recruitment, information and guidance for young people.  We are pleased to have the link to True Bearing who will be able to use their expertise to coach students in interview technique and how to make themselves stand out in a competitive market.

This association is so important because schools cannot do enough to foster engagement with employers – employment is, after all, one of the ultimate reasons for the gaining of qualifications in school.  The more that clear pathways into employment can be established by schools with local businesses, the better the opportunities for all those involved.  Young Chamber has given us direct access to a wealth of businesses and expertise that will help us in our aim of creating well-rounded, morally responsible young people that will appeal to prospective employers.”




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