Enhancing the curriculum to address skills gaps in Berkshire

Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has secured a match between an Enterprise Adviser and a college in the Thames Valley Berkshire sub-region. The scheme aims to help students understand the world of work and the vast range of employment and training opportunities available to them.

UTC Reading is another Thames Valley Berkshire educational establishment to take part in the initiative and receive support from Enterprise Adviser, Brett Chowns, Relationship Director at NatWest, who will provide strategic advice on employer engagement.  

Brett Chowns commented, “This is an excellent opportunity to bridge the gap between education and business in Berkshire and will help to ensure students possess the necessary skills for the workplace when they leave college. I am delighted to be working with UTC Reading; as an Enterprise Adviser, it is my role, with the support of the Careers & Enterprise Co-ordinator, to enhance the college’s mathematics curriculum in particular, and to assist in building career aspirations, in order to address skills gaps in Berkshire.”  

Michael Halliday, Business Relationship Manager at UTC Reading, added, “We are excited to be matched with Brett Chowns; as an industry professional, he will join a community of businesses in bringing to life the enterprise activities that our students participate in. We pride ourselves in the achievements of our students and strive to provide the best support to their ambitions as they enter the world of work. This can be a very daunting and busy time for students, so we greatly appreciate the advice we will receive from Brett.”

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To read the LEP’s Skills Priority Statement, please click here.

21 March 2017 News