Monday, April 22, 2024

Launch of Thurrock’s Next Top Boss 2011

The hunt is on to find 200 16- to 19-year-olds from Thurrock who are keen to gain vital business experience, learn new skills and find their way to an exciting career.

The second Next Top Boss challenge programme brings many of last year’s partner organisations together again to offer the participants a chance to learn, first hand, how business works, and to help both the business and the young people.

Sunny Crouch, OBE, board member of Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation and Chair of the Next Top Boss Programme Board – a renowned regeneration “expert” – said: “We have learned from last year’s programme and we are determined Next Top Boss will build on this experience and continue to benefit everyone involved, from the young people themselves to each and every partner organisation.

“We are delighted that so many local businesses have joined the programme for a second year, demonstrating their continued commitment to supporting young people and communities in the borough.”

Next Top Boss is a fun competition that will use team work and a variety of challenges to help 16- to 19-year-olds prepare for their career and the world of work. The programme, which lasts from October to February, will culminate in a fantastic awards event in March.

The recruitment has already started, and with only four weeks to go to the start of the programme, young people are being actively sought out to take part, or they can simply fill in the form at

Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: “Thurrock Council has made it a clear top priority to ensure we equip Thurrock’s young people with the education and skills to benefit from the new jobs that will be created in the borough over the next decade – not simply manual jobs, but also the highly-skilled and managerial roles.

“Next Top Boss is a step in that direction and I encourage Thurrock’s young people to sign up.”


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