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North East England Chamber of Commerce campaign to give the region’s young people first-hand careers advice from business leaders and help develop their work skills is now well underway.

Building My Skills


As part of our 2017 Manifesto commitment to significantly increase business engagement with education, the Chamber called on volunteers from the business community to give their time to support North East schools and deliver employability sessions to their students. We had a very positive response, with over 40 Chamber members signed up to work with over 50 schools in the region.

The Chamber’s work supported the Building My Skills programme, founded by Chamber Partner Esh Group. We set an ambitious target of securing 30,000 learner hours of activity delivered by our members to North East students throughout the academic year. We were delighted to reach the target after participating in the Building My Skills Mock Interview Day in May 2018.

Esh Group are currently looking for businesses to deliver sessions in the 2018/19 academic year. Businesses can sign up to deliver a 1 hour session with a local school, and Esh Group will manage all communication with the school and provide advice and support with the presentation content. Please contact buildingmyskills@neechamber.co.uk for more information.

See which schools have been taking part in the Building My Skills programme supported by the North East England Chamber of Commerce and developed by Esh Group.

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Sunderland pupils complete year-long business skills sessions

Thornhill Academy and Farringdon Community Academy students have taken part in the Building My Skills programme ... read in full.

Tyneside students complete year-long work skills session

Find out how the Building My Skills programme has benefited pupils at Burnside Business and Enterprise College, Wallsend ... read in full.

Morpeth pupils benefit from business and work skills advice from Chamber members

Read about how the programme has helped employability for Shannon Brown, 15 and Joel Tilmouth, 14 of King Edward VI School ... read in full.

Redcar and Cleveland pupils benefit from business skills sessions with Esh Group

Huntcliff School, Saltburn by the Sea, have taken part in the Building My Skills programme. Find out how the Building My Skills has helped Aaron Gibson and Emily Blenkinsop ... read in full.