Businesses from across the region have shown their support for training the entrepreneurs of tomorrow by signing up to become business partners of the MET Academy Business & Enterprise.
All of the people who attended a recent open evening committed to mentor a student and help them develop business skills whilst they undergo their studies with the MET Academy, bringing the current total of business partner companies to seventeen.
Anthony McCourt, chair of the local advisory board for the MET Academy of Business & Enterprise said: “This is a fantastic result from the evening and proves that Birmingham believes in the future of our young people despite the difficult economic climate that we are all operating in.
“The MET Academy is the first Career Academy for business and enterprise and I am proud that Birmingham has risen to the challenge.
“This is a real opportunity for us to look to the future and raise standards in order to realise our aim of becoming a truly international city.
“We are extremely grateful to those businesses that are already on board but we do need more, we are looking for Business Partners for each of the 34 Academy students.”
The MET Academy of Business & Enterprise is part of Birmingham Metropolitan College and Dr Christine Braddock, CBE, principal and chief executive also recognised that the MET Academy is breaking new ground and spoke about the importance of giving the students aspirations to succeed.
Dr Braddock said: “Business Partners can make a real difference to the success achieved by students of the MET Academy and it is innovation such as this which raises the achievements of all.
“Greater collaboration between the boardroom and the classroom is clearly the way forward.
“The MET Academy is the only career academy in the UK pioneering this approach to providing young people with the business experience and skills they need to become the entrepreneurs of the future.”
Andrew Hitchings from Virtual Extreme Youth Media, a media company run by young people for young people, based in the Jewellery Quarter was one of the business people who attended the event and has committed to become a business partner.
The business already has a commitment to engage and enthuse young people in the city so he was keen to become involved.
Mr Hitchings said: “I fully support the concept of Partners in Business because it allows young people to experience a real business environment.
“If students have the opportunity to build a relationship with someone who is successful in their respective field then it will encourage them to become successful too.
“I am a committee member for the Young People’s Enterprise Partnership which aims to create a more entrepreneurial culture amongst young people and Partners in Business will help this too.”
Other businesses that have taken on board the Business Partner role include Resultsology and BBC Birmingham.
* To find out more about the commitment involved contact Seta Bassi on 0121 355 5671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org