Vocational Skills and Training

Chiltern Chamber regards the development of skills and young people in the region, as a precondition of building for sustainable economic growth in the area.

The Chamber supports skills development in various ways:

  • Through the activities of Committee members.
  • By sharing and disseminating information relating to skills, training and vocational education.
  • By encouraging our members to participate in work experience schemes.
  • By its support of certain initiatives, such as the inaugural Bucks Skills Show.

We have Committee members involved with Bucks Thames Valley LEP (Bucks Skills Hub), the Opps in Bucks initiative, Young Enterprise, and local schools. We have welcomed groups of students to some of our networking evenings.

Do you want to talk to us about skills and training initiatives? Please contact Vee Bharakda or Jackie Campbell.

If you have relevant content for the web site, please contact our webmaster Robert Gibson.

Skills and Training Notices

Structured Work Experience via Bucks Skills Hub

Chiltern Chamber is supporting the Bucks Skills Hub and its online platform Oppsinbucks.org in its developing work experience programme.

There is an urgent need, based on consistent feedback from employers, to give young people more employability skills. Particular needs and gaps have been identified in the areas of planning and organisation, team work, customer handling, problem solving and communication.

Bucks Skills Hub has accordingly developed a structured work experience programme. More information available here.

Chiltern Area Young Enterprise Seeking Volunteer Business Advisers

Experienced business people from all walks of life to help students in local schools start and run their own business. Two hours per week. Term-time only. From September 2016.

If you would like to get involved please contact Peter Sutcliffe at chair@chilternye.org or jackie.bryant@y-e.org.uk

Chairman Vee Special Guest at Amersham School Awards

Skills and Training News

March 2, 2017
Many businesses seem to be regarding upcoming Apprenticeship Reforms with a mixture of indifference, scepticism and cynicism. Jackie Campbell explains why this may be a mistake, and we highlight 3 upcoming BBF events this month.  [More...]
December 7, 2016
The Labour Market Intelligence Update from Bucks Skills Hub will help inform the Chamber's decisions in 2017 on one of its stated priorities, helping develop the workforce of tomorrow.  [More...]
October 6, 2016
Learn about the two-way benefits of being a schools' Enterprise Adviser. Bucks Skills Hub is holding a free breakfast event at The Clare Foundation on Tuesday 11th October. [More...]
September 11, 2016
Thank you to all who helped make the Chamber's Summer Soiree on Wednesday 7th September, so enjoyable and successful. Especially to those who spoke to ensure that the theme of the evening - "Bridging the Gap; Invest in Tomorrow's Workforce" - came over loud and clear. [More...]
July 21, 2016
The theme of the Chamber's summer soiree is Bridging the Gap: Invest in Tomorrow's Workforce. Fittingly, it is being hosted by Chiltern Hills Academy. Hope to see as many of you as possible! [More...]

Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP/Bucks Skills Hub/OppsinBucks

BTVLEP is a business-led partnership between local government and the private sector, seeking to build the conditions for sustainable economic growth in the county.

Delivery of its strategic objectives is via Buckinghamshire Business First (Local Growth Hub), Buckinghamshire Advantage (delivering BTVLEP funded capital schemes) and The Bucks Skills Hub (promoting and optimising links between employers and educators).

screenshot of oppsinbucks web site

The Bucks Skills Hub promotes links between employers and educators. Its aim is to enable young people to become more work-ready, understand the relevance of what they are learning, and gain the right skills for labour market growth sectors. Vital soft skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, confidence, professionalism, teamwork and leadership can also be enhanced by bringing commercial learning and experience into the classroom.

The Hub's online platform (www.OppsinBucks.org) connects employers and educators in the same way that other sites connect buyers and sellers, or service providers and service users. Employers are able to register their willingness to get involved and state what they have to offer in terms of resources, visits, mentoring, careers advice, work experience, part-time work, apprenticeships; and educators can respond to offers or post specific requests for support.

The vision is of a two-way inspiration and mentorship between employers and students, where all gain from the experience.

Chiltern Chamber Committee Member Jackie Campbell currently holds the post of Skills Development Manager at Thames Valley LEP, having formerly been Business Enterprise Manager at Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.

Chiltern Chamber is a member of Buckinghamshire Business First.

Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise is the UK's leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills. Since 1962, it has been creating and developing programmes to complement the school experience and encourage young people to realise the extent of their own talents.

Through hands-on employability and financial education programmes, resources and teacher training, Young Enterprise seeks to eradicate youth unemployment and help young people to realise their potential.

Young Enterprise makes the connection between school and the world of work, building on 8 key skills:

  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Financial Capability
  • Initiative
  • Organisation
  • Problem-solving
  • Teamwork
  • Resilience

Programmes may vary from one-day masterclasses to year-long projects. There is something for every year of education from Primary Programmes to our Secondary Programmes (including the year-long Company Programme), to the university-level Start-up.