Thomas Hardye School to join Young Chamber programme

Thomas Hardye School to join Young Chamber programme

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 7:27am 16th March 2017.

The Thomas Hardye school in Dorchester has become the first in West Dorset to join the new Young Chamber Programme.

The Thomas Hardye school in Dorchester has become the first in West Dorset to join the new Young Chamber Programme.

The aim is to build links between education and the workplace.

The initiative is being led by Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and sponsored by Winfrith-based Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK). Only 11 other schools nationwide have signed up for the programme.

Apprentices Ben Lawrence and Charlotte Cox, who started at AEUK six months ago, gave a talk to sixth formers at the launch of the programme at the Thomas Hardye School.

Headteacher Mike Foley, said: "Atlas Elektronik UK's approach to apprenticeships is exemplary.

"It is important that students really do consider all of their choices and it is great to have two shining examples of Atlas Elektronik UK's apprenticeship scheme at our launch event.

"We are very grateful to Atlas Elektronik UK for sponsoring our membership of the programme and we look forward to developing a close relationship with them."

The school has signed up to the Young Chamber Programme as part of its ongoing work to forge closer ties with business and inform students of their career options.

Ben, 20, and Charlotte, 19, both taking NVQs at level 3 and HNCs at level 4, outlined their career paths at Atlas Elektronik UK and told sixth formers about the benefits of apprenticeships.

Charlotte, who is an engineering apprentice in the sonar department, said: "Apprenticeships can be the best way to gain hands on experience and gain qualifications rather than going down the degree route."

Ben, who is an engineering and mechatronics apprentice, added: "For students considering their future, it important that they understand that apprenticeships can be a very positive career choice."

AEUK, which employs more than 300 people at Dorset Green Technology Park, has stepped up its apprenticeship programme and will have 21 following its next intake in September.

The company has a world leading engineering and scientific capability that supplies innovative maritime systems for such customers as the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Navy.

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