Networking time for 40 local secondary school students

The club hosted a special networking event for around forty secondary school students from The Farnborough Academy, The Nottingham Emmanuel School and Bilborough Sixth Form College as part of Business in the Community’s (BITC) Give and Gain Day 2015.

The Year 9 business studies pupils and Year 12s studying for a BTEC in business at Bilborough Sixth Form College got the unique opportunity to meet and talk to senior business leaders from across Nottinghamshire at the event, which aimed to provide the students with insight, inspiration and connections to fuel their future careers.

Dave Richards, employee volunteering manager at BITC, said: “The schools involved in this networking morning are located in some of Nottingham’s poorest areas, where access to positive working role models is minimal. To give the pupils the opportunity to network with people from across a vast range of business sectors hopefully raised their awareness of and aspirations to local employment prospects.  It was a fantastic opportunity all round.”

Jonathan English, the outgoing president of NCBC, said: “As a club, we aim to ensure that Nottingham has a fully inclusive business community which is accessible for everyone, including those who are yet to make their first move into the world of work.  As such, we were keen to get involved with Give & Gain Day by inviting local secondary school students who are looking ahead to their future careers to meet with our members.”

Business in the Community’s Give & Gain Day is the UK’s only national day of employee volunteering. Now in its seventh year, it saw thousands of people from hundreds of companies volunteering on Friday 15 May.