Youngsters open business conference

Boston Spa school pupils with headteacher Chris Walsh.
Boston Spa school pupils with headteacher Chris Walsh.

Boston Spa school youngsters have achieved a prestigious accolade in Yorkshire after attending a business conference.

The school recently became the only one in the North of England to be awarded the IEBE (Institute of Education Business Excellence) Business Ready standard.

Youngsters attended the CIPD (Continuation of Professional Development) conference last week with workshops and extra curriculum activities about the world of business.

The conference - ‘Employers are from Mars, young people are from Venus addressing the young people/jobs mismatch’ - was organised by the four CIPD branches in Yorkshire and the Humber to provide this highly interactive event to discuss how these issues can be addressed.

Headteacher Christopher Walsh was delighted with the recognition from Lord Jim Knight.

He told the News: “Being business ready means we can continue to maintain an excellent standard in how we prepare our students for the next stage of their education or training.

“I am extremely proud of our students who take on the schools extended activities with great enthusiasm and the commercial awareness they gain from the experience.”

Dr Matthew Chiles, IEBE’s Director said: “Developing young people’s employability is one of the most important economic and educational challenges facing the country.

“Being Business Ready means Boston Spa School is serious about responding to that challenge and providing its students with the highest quality opportunities and experiences.”

The event featured speakers from all aspects of the education to employment process including the young people themselves.

Recent CIPD research has highlighted the mismatch between employers’ expectations of young people during the recruitment process and young people’s understanding of what is expected of them as they make the move from education to employment.

With the current economic climate, this makes it very difficult for young people to access jobs, the study suggests, with almost 20 per cent of 16-24 year olds unemployed.