Guest speaker Esther McVey, MP for Tatton, helped to launch Wilmslow High School's new Business Partner Programme on Thursday, 28th June.
The Business Partner Programme theme is to generate ambition, inspiration and opportunity for young people. Its key aims are to connect business with education, to promote careers support for High School students and to achieve financial contribution through sponsorship opportunities. The programme has been welcomed by the business community who have been keen to forge links with the school, as well as to develop a relevant business forum for the area.
Welcoming the audience of over 100 attendees, representing the school's business community, Headteacher Dr James Pulle spoke about the importance of the school being positioned at the centre of the community, particularly because "it takes a village to raise a child".
Esther McVey said "I believe passionately that the best way for pupils to know what opportunities await them when they leave school is to mix and meet with as wide a range of employers and businesses as possible, as young as possible.
"The creation of the business club at WHS allows pupils to hear directly from business what their industry entails, what skills, training and education they will need and how the world of work is rapidly changing in this technological age, so enabling them to choose the right path for them when they leave school.
"So I was delighted to be invited to speak at their launch event."