Ops Director Guest Speaker at Chamber Breakfast

Thames Gateway Chamber of Commerce

Operations Director, Claire was invited by the Chamber of Commerce to speak at their recent Networking Breakfast.  As well as the regular chamber members, the meeting was also open to the Young Chamber.  The Young Chamber is based at The Leigh Technology Academy in Dartford and gives the pupils the chance to get involved with the local business community.  With three main specialisms for the school being Business and Enterprise, Sports and Technology, Claire took the opportunity to talk about the valuable contribution the engineering sector can make to the UK economy.  She specifically focused on highlighting the benefits of working within the industry and the opportunities there are for young people.  In view of the fact AR have recently recruited two apprentices this was a hot topic and was complimented by the following speaker Sonia McCluskey of Springfield Education & Training.

On display at the event was the work of a number of teams from the school entering into the Young Enterprise competition – a scheme that gives teams of pupils the opportunity to set up a company and under the guidance of staff and volunteering business people – Claire was particularly interested in this having been a runner up in the competition some twelve years ago.  The technology and engineering students who are part of the Green Power Challenge had their work on display and also showed Claire around the excellent technology and engineering facilities at the school and told her all about the exciting ideas they have for the design and build of this years car to race in the competition.

The event was a great success and was well attended by both pupils of the school and a variety of local business.  Claire received a lot of interest with regards to the talk she gave and was delighted to be given the opportunity to share her experiences as an engineer and inspire some of the budding talents at the school.

Lynne Johnson (Business & Enterprise Teacher Coordinator of Enterprise KS4 and KS5 at Leigh Academy) and Slyvia Meade (North Kent Young Chamber Coordinator) organised  the event, and Megan Moles Chair of Young Chamber gave the vote of thanks, along with Frank Green, Chief Executive of the Academy.

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