Businesses and educators linking up for the young

From left, Dr Paul Sant, Philip Smith and Nick Isles
From left, Dr Paul Sant, Philip Smith and Nick Isles

Businesses and educators in Milton Keynes are getting together to better understand each other.

Members of Milton Keynes Business Leaders Partnership (MKBLP) and their guests recently visited Milton Keynes College for a breakfast presentation.

Nick Isles, deputy principal of Milton Keynes College and Dr Paul Sant, associate dean at UCMK, University of Bedfordshire, spoke to their business guests.

The subject was the need for business and education to identify the means of understanding each other’s priorities and of working more closely together.

There was agreement over adopting a more proactive approach to encompass both traditional educational demands and also people skills, negotiation skills and an understanding of how business works.

Welcomed by Philip Smith, chairman of MKBLP, attendees had breakfast at the new, student operated, Brasserie on the Bletchley campus. MKBLP was the first external organisation to utilise this brand new facility.

Speaking after the event, Dr Smith said: “We hear constantly about young people entering the workforce and not having the necessary skills. The partnership highlighted here is working closely with local businesses to ensure that their students are equipped with the skills which will see them work ready as soon as they leave education.

“We now need businesses to come forward and work alongside to give young people the best possible opportunities in the future.

“There is no short term fix here, business has to invest time in developing programmes of their future needs and agreeing them coherently with academics”

MKBLP is a not for profit business group with a vission for the continued growth and development of Milton Keynes.

MKBLP is focusing on five areas identified as fundamental to the success of the city: transport, Smart Cities, health and wellbeing, knowledge based economy and International Sporting City.