Jobs and education top agenda at Chamber Norfolk
Jobs and Education in Norfolk
Eight of Norfolk’s nine MPs fronted a special Norfolk Chamber event earlier this month aimed at helping to put the county on the map and improve the visibility of the area on the national and international stage. Jobs and Education in Norfolk were top of the agenda at the event, which attracted over 200 business people to Sprowston Manor Hotel near Norwich, was organised to highlight the positive aspects of living and working in Norfolk, and raise ideas about how more companies can be encouraged to do business in the area.
Education and skills were top of the agenda, and each MP spoke with passion about how business can play a part in raising aspirations to make the county a leader in education. North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb summed up the mood: “If we are to make this a great and successful county, we have to do so much better at education,” he said. “There are lots of really exciting things happening but 46pc of our youngsters … do not get five GCSEs including Maths and English.”
“That’s a scandal and we need to change that. We want to be really ambitious to make Norfolk a real success. Let’s take control of our destiny – it will involve a real collaboration between the business community and the public sector,” concluded Mr Lamb, who juggles his constituency commitments with his responsibilities as a cabinet minister for health.
“It’s clear that education and employability are intrinsically linked, so if the government can do more to boost skills then this can only have a positive impact upon jobs and the wider economy,” explained recruitment specialist Sam Holt of Norwich-based Big Sky Additions.
Each of the MPs spoke in turn about the opportunities that Norfolk has to offer. Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, who is spearheading the Norwich for Jobs campaign to tackle youth unemployment, spoke about the subject which clearly motivates her work.
George Freeman, MP for Mid Norfolk added: “With the right infrastructure, skills, vision, leadership and planning, we can be the ‘New California’ of the UK: the best place in the country to build a business career, and enjoy a stunning quality of life.”
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