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Banbury Chamber of Commerce and Activate Learning launch new networking partnership in Banbury

06 March 2019

Activate Learning’s Banbury and Bicester College is partnering with the Banbury Chamber of Commerce to launch a new networking community for the town’s education, business and charity sectors.

 ‘A Better Connected Banbury - Bringing business, education and charity together’ has been established following feedback from attendants at the Banbury Chamber of Commerce Live event last November.

At the event, people from Banbury’s business community identified a need for a network to allow better working relationships between local businesses and the education and charitable sectors. 

The first networking event will be hosted by Activate Learning between 12-2pm on Tuesday 19 March 2019 at Banbury and Bicester College’s Banbury Campus in Broughton Road, and will feature networking and refreshments, followed by an informal Q&A session. 

Banbury Chamber of Commerce Board Director, Vicky Boulton, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved to extend their knowledge and become actively involved in helping the next generation to engage more positively with both businesses and the local community.”

As one of the UK’s leading apprenticeship providers, Activate Learning have also designed the day to help demystify what the role of an apprentice is, what they can offer to businesses and an overview of processes and how we can help businesses throughout this.

This will include:

  • How you can employ an apprentice?
  • What are the benefits for you as an employer?
  • Apprenticeship levy – find out whether you would need to pay?

There will also be an introduction the new T Levels that are due to come into place in September 2020 and how working with education providers to support students through these can benefit businesses.

Business Engagement Specialist, Nancy Buckley, from Activate Learning’s Banbury and Bicester College said: “From experience we know our students benefit so much from working closely with local businesses on projects, guest-lectures and placements.

“But we also know benefit to businesses are significant, as they get to help build the skills that future employees need and making the students ready for the world of work.”

At the end of event, people will be able to enjoy a two-course lunch with food cooked and served by the college’s catering students.

The cost for the event is only £10 per person (+ Eventbrite fee) and includes:

  • Open networking
  • Informative Q&A session
  • Two course lunch
  • Unlimited tea and coffee
  • Free car parking

To get a better understanding of how your business can better work with education providers and to have all of your apprenticeship questions answered, then please sign up.

Further events will hopefully take place later in the year in June and November with dates to be confirmed later.