Business and education leaders hold summit

BUSINESS and education leaders from across Thurrock got together on Wednesday (24 June) morning to find out ways they could better work together.

Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr John Kent, was at the High House Production Park event and said afterwards: “I was talking with business leaders a couple of months ago and it came up in conversation that, as much as we say education needs to be aware of business needs – and vice versa – we don’t actually help it happen.

“This event is one I would hope to repeat, but really once businesses and school leaders get to know each other better, I think it will happen automatically.”

In all around 40 people from local businesses, schools, colleges, Anglia Ruskin University and the public sector – including the Skills Funding Agency – were at the two hour Business and Education Summit.

The meeting was informal and much of the time was taken up with a speed’ dating-style round-table discussion session.

Cllr Kent said: “Most of the time we were talking about the issues and opportunities facing our young people, our businesses and our education and training providers.

“There’s already been some good work done, hopefully this will build and strengthen the education and business networks across the borough.”

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