Budding entrepreneurs and young professionals from Ferndown Upper School, joined forces with other young people as a groundbreaking model for business education founded in Weymouth prepares to go national.
Students and staff from Ferndown Upper School’s Centre of Excellence for Industrial Liaison (CEIL) attended an educational business event held at Budmouth College for students to help them create a blueprint for their future careers.
Ferndown Upper School’s CEIL manager Cindy Lalani said “CEIL, is designed as a business centre to prepare sixth formers for the world of work and offers them the chance to work with local businesses on various projects to enhance their CVs and employability skills. Employers nationally are reporting that students are not ready for the world of work and don’t have the right skills. The CEIL programme aims to directly target this problem by giving students opportunities to develop these ‘soft skills’ such as organising and running meetings and presentations, dealing with customers, making phone calls etc. The whole idea of the day was to enable the CEIL students and staff to work together in a professional business setting, sharing best practice and shaping and developing the future CEIL programme. It was a very successful day and we all came away feeling positive about the future.”
If you run a local business and would like to be involved in the CEIL programme at Ferndown Upper School please contact Cindy Lalani at the school. http://fernup.dorset.sch.uk/