Stagecoach in Chester sign up to tackle skills gap

Posted 10 October 2018 | 0 Comments

Stagecoach in Chester are the latest organisation to get involved with the West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce’s Young Chamber programme.

Set up to bring the education sector closer to local businesses, the Young Chamber programme has grown dramatically over the last 12 months, now providing support to eight schools/colleges in the region backed by over 80 sponsors. The sponsors are leading businesses in the region that are passionate about inspiring the next generation of business people whilst building awareness of their industry and the skills needed to succeed in it.

Stagecoach is one of the largest bus operators in the UK and serves approximately 3 million passengers everyday. By signing up as a Young Chamber Sponsor, Stagecoach in Chester will be helping students at careers talks and by taking part in mock job interviews.

Rob Jones, Managing Director at Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, said: “I am delighted to be working alongside the Young Chamber programme and to have the opportunity to play an active role in helping bridge the gap between education and the workplace.

“Having left school at 16 to pursue a career in the bus industry, I know the challenges that young people can face when making the leap from school to employment. I hope I can share some of my advice and experiences to set them off on the right track.

“At Stagecoach, we are committed to providing young people with opportunities to learn and grow through our hands-on apprenticeship scheme. We take in new apprentices every year from across the North West and set them on a four year course where they are able to gain valuable first-hand experience alongside industry professionals. The success of this programme and our businesses commitment to developing talent at all levels of the business means many of our team have progressed through the company and now hold senior positions.”

Debbie Bryce, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Chamber, said “We’re delighted that Stagecoach in Chester have joined us in our mission to bridge the gap between education and business. Rob’s vast experience in the industry will no doubt be a huge benefit to the students that we will be interacting with over the next 12 months.”

For more information regarding Young Chamber and to get involved, please click here.