College and businesses forge links to drive forward ‘enterprise’ in Merthyr Tydfil

26/09/2014

Businesses and entrepreneurs from across Merthyr Tydfil recently had an opportunity to discuss and share good practice ideas and projects on how business and education can work more effectively together to drive forward the growth of enterprise and innovation in the town.

The event, which was organised by the College Merthyr Tydfil’s Business and Management Division aimed to provide an opportunity for attendees to gain more information about what the college can do to help them drive their business forward – not only by providing presentations on the types of qualifications and services on offer but also gaining feedback from them on the types of skills, training, qualifications and services that they require both now and in the future.   

 

Over 25 representatives from a diverse range of businesses, including EE, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, VAMT, JNP Legal, Hutchings and Thomas Surveyors, Stephens and George Architects, Taste of Enterprise, E College Agency, FDG Design, Design and Manufacture and Mad Hatters Catering  listened to staff, students and organisations talking about the current initiatives and links between the college and business.

Guest speakers for the evening included Claire Litten-Price who gave an overview of the EE apprenticeship scheme run in conjunction with the college, Wendy Locke who provided an overview of enterprise initiatives and projects on offer to students and businesses and Chris Long who discussed the benefits of the college and businesses working together to drive forward the growth of enterprise in Merthyr Tydfil.

Thanking everyone for the opportunity to attend the evening, Claire Litten-Price commented “EE has a fantastic partnership with the College Merthyr Tydfil which involves the provision of over 15 apprenticeship schemes each year. These apprenticeships help to ensure our workforce has the practical skills as well as the qualifications to meet the needs of our growing business. I’m really excited about what the college can do to help EE as we expand our operations in the Merthyr Tydfil area”

Owen Pugsley, Business Lecturer and organiser of the event stated “This event is the first in what we hope will be a series of events designed to help forge closer working relationships between the college and local businesses. Some of our students have achieved phenomenal success over the last year – showcasing the level of skills and determination that exists across our student body – many of whom will be the future workforce of Merthyr Tydfil. If these students can achieve this level of success by themselves, imagine what they could be able to achieve if they were working in closer collaboration with industry and business professionals”

The college is proposing to host a further networking event in January 2015. For further details on the event, please contact Leanne Jones, Head of Communications and Planning at l.jones3@merthyr.ac.uk

 

 

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