Join Next Top Boss success

Thurrock’s Next Top Boss (NTB) scheme is proving a great success already — but there’s still time to join.

Launched by Thurrock Council and its partners in September, over 125 local young people have signed up for the chance to join the fun competition which challenges 16- to 19-year-olds to prepare for their career and the world of work.

NTB sessions are currently being held at South Essex College – Thurrock Campus, Palmers College, Harris Academy – Chafford Hundred and The Learning Shop in Grays.

The attached film shows students from South Essex College working down at Npower to make a wind turbine.

Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr John Kent, said: “Next Top Boss is a tremendous chance for Thurrock’s young people to get a head start in the world of work.

“It forces them to face up to various challenges — many of which managers and executives have to confront daily and it gives young people a glimpse into the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment that such jobs provide.”

A number of signed-up teams have completed the first challenge – Brand Academy – where they develop their working skills by creating a brand that reflects their character and aspirations, design their logo and strap line.

Now they have to move on to one of the other challenges; including Destination Thurrock, Green Solutions and bespoke Business Challenges, which have been designed by some of the businesses who make up Team Thurrock.

Destination Thurrock considers ways to promote the positive attributes of the borough for investment and business; Green Solutions will look at how businesses can save money by implementing solutions to reduce the use of energy, water and waste and in the bespoke

Business Challenges: young people will find solutions to real-life business problems set by NTB’s Team Thurrock – a powerful group of local businesses, community groups and training providers.

It is not too late to take part in Thurrock’s Next Top Boss. Registration is still open (deadline for closure 30 November). If you are aged 16 to 19 but not 20 by 31 August 2011 and live, work or study in Thurrock please register to take part online at www.nexttopboss.co.uk or contact nexttopboss@thurrock.gov.uk for general enquiries.

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