Students at Preston’s Cardinal Newman College have been given a boost to their career prospects.
The city centre institution has become part of the Young Chamber Scheme.
As part of the British Chamber of Commerce, the Young Chamber is aimed at bridging the gap between businesses and the education sector, helping young people to get into the world of work.
It was launched in 2016 by the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and is a programme which schools and colleges can join to boost prospects for students.
Young Chamber is part of a national scheme which is run locally by chambers of commerce with accreditation from the British Chambers of Commerce.
The idea is that through the college’s membership, students will be able to get an insight into the world of work, through direct contact with businesses themselves.
The Lark Hill college hopes that by having direct contact with a range of businesses, students will find it easier to learn what it is that they are looking for in terms of future employees and also develop the crucial skills that employers want.
The aim is to provide young people with a real and meaningful understanding of business, jobs, careers and the range of potential opportunities that exist once they leave education.
Membership of the chamber ranges from manufacturing to business services, so students will have a good range to choose from.
Cardinal Newman principal, Nick Burnham (pictured) said: “In this ever-changing world in which we live, it is increasingly important that we provide our students with all the tools and opportunities that they need to succeed not just in education, but out in the wider world.
“ We believe that by joining the Young Chamber, this will provide our students with a fantastic opportunity to tap into the local business world and be more prepared for what working within it entails.”