Young Chamber – Inspiring the Next Generation

A unique programme building partnerships between the world of education and the world of business.

Young Chamber

Young Chamber provides a single solution for all educational establishments to fulfil their statutory duty regarding careers guidance and inspiration.

It provides real opportunities and activities with high quality local businesses. This will support the development of crucial interpersonal skills for your young people whilst offering insights into possible careers. Activities can include company visits, inspiring talks, work experience placements, governor recruitment, mock interviews, networking events, industry placements for teachers and organised careers fairs.

Our intention is to create a long-term sustainable programme of high value activities to progressively build the links between education and business, reduce NEETs and help young people in choosing their future careers. As an accredited Chamber, we are well placed to broker and facilitate these relationships.

Young Chamber has been developed to both help schools and education establishments deliver high quality careers advice and guidance as well as assisting schools in meeting their statutory requirements in this area. In March 2015, the Department for Education issued the statutory guidance “Careers guidance and inspiration in schools – Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and schools staff”. Key points include:

  • Careers guidance in schools has long been criticised as being inadequate. In 2013 Ofsted reported that only “one in five schools were effective in ensuring that all students were receiving the level of information they needed.”
  • Emphasising the duty on schools to provide independent careers guidance for all 8-13 pupils. Schools should help every pupil develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers.
  • Schools should have a strategy for the careers advice they provide to young people. Within this, schools are asked to consider inspiring activities such as employer talks, careers fairs, motivational speakers and college and university visits as part of this strategy.

In December 2015, the annual Ofsted report to Parliament by lead inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw outlined the importance of strong careers and advice and guidance – and identified this is often flawed within schools. The report also emphasised that a particularly weak aspect in careers advice was links with employers. National research with employers also shows there is a growing gap between education and employment. Employers also tell us a lack of interpersonal skills is often an issue.

Young Chamber provides a high-quality cost effective solution for schools to provide young people with inspiring and motivational careers advice through the delivery of a bespoke range of activities with businesses.

With a large bank of high quality businesses committed to working with schools, we provide a unique opportunity for establishing partnerships between education and business. We can also help employers to develop a greater understanding of young people. Young Chamber will complement the good work already taking place in schools and directly support an increase in your positive ‘post education destinations’ data and reduce NEETs.

Quality Assurance and Code of Conduct

Our Adviser will develop a bespoke agreed ‘activities action plan’ complemented by guidance to your school and the businesses involved to support the effective delivery of the programme.

We will quality assure the programme by insisting all businesses sign a clear code of conduct for working with young people. Safeguarding good practice will be adhered to at all times and young people will always work in groups. After activities have taken place, a robust follow up and evaluation process will take place involving schools, employers and young people. This evaluation will be used to develop and improve the Young Chamber programme.

We have a growing list of over 60 businesses who are committed and passionate about engaging with education and helping prepare our future workforce. This includes businesses from the following sectors:

  • Engineering and manufacturing
  • Legal and accountancy
  • Marketing, creative and digital
  • Financial services
  • Care
  • Construction
  • Automotive retai
  • HR and Leisure
  • Hospitality
  • Transport and logistics

Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry is proud to be supported by our sponsors and partners in the delivery of Young Chamber.

Young Chamber

(£1,200 plus VAT)

  • Standard DCCI membership
  • Press release and photograph issued to local press on joining Young Chamber and published in Dorset Business magazine, DCCI website and e-newsletter
  • Comprehensive signposting to local apprenticeships
  • Organised visits to businesses (maximum 5 per year with a maximum of 12 students per visit)
  • Promotion of your events to businesses (targeted approaches by DCCI and 2 free adverts in DCCI e-newsletter)
  • Inspirational talks from businesses in school (maximum 4 per year)
  • DCCI facilitated development of strategic links with up to 4 key local businesses in sectors of your choice (meetings arranged and facilitated by DCCI)
  • Time in industry for teachers/ school staff (maximum of 4 x 1 or ½ day placement opportunities)
  • Mock interviews for year 11 students seeking employment with training (maximum of 30)
  • Support in helping source employers with an in-school careers event (1 event)
  • Tailored support with Governor recruitment
  • Quality assurance and follow up evaluation on all activities


Optional additional services delivered by our partners Ansbury Guidance (£100 plus VAT per activity)

  • 1 hr Workshop – CV writing and job application workshop
  • 1 hr Workshop – Preparing for a job interview
  • 1 hr workshop – Exploring post-16 options

To find out more please contact Joan Senior

T: 01202 714817


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