Basingstoke Consortium is proud to have been awarded a strategic grant from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The grant of £40,000 in Year 1, with a view to further funding over the following 4 years, is designed to help the Consortium support the Council’s strategic aim to ensure a work-ready workforce by linking employers with education providers.
Creating links between business and education is at the core of Basingstoke Consortium’s mission to inspire and prepare young people for the world of work. The grant will support the Consortium’s work in creating opportunities for young people to learn more about the key growth business sectors in Basingstoke, to help inform their future career choices and give them a real understanding of how their learning at school relates to the world of work.
Cath Longhurst, Basingstoke Consortium CEO, said, “It is great that the Council is investing in the future generation of employees. Our strong links with schools and businesses mean that this grant will enable us to maintain and grow the level of interaction between the local economy and education.”
The grant was awarded by the Council following proposals outlining how Basingstoke Consortium, working together with employers, education providers and young people, would support key Council priorities for the borough.
The Council’s Cabinet member for Communities and Community Safety Cllr Simon Bound said: “These consortium projects will support young people’s transition from primary to secondary education and onto post 16 education.
Our funding will enable the development of programmes to build young people’s ‘employability’ as they progress through education and, working with local businesses and other key partners, offer new opportunities for young people to develop their entrepreneurial and digital skills.
This will help them achieve their full potential and encourage them to develop skills needed by local employers in key growth areas for the borough’s economy.”
Basingstoke Consortium works closely with all the schools and colleges in the Basingstoke area and works in close partnership with Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and with a number of key businesses through its ‘Skillstree Programme’.