Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, recently welcomed representatives from three local schools to Parliament for a reception organised by the British Chambers of Commerce to show that ‘Business is Good for Young People’.
Held in association with the Industry and Parliament Trust, the reception on the House of Commons Terrace saw people from all over the country come together to celebrate business and discuss solutions to the barriers preventing some young people from finding employment.
South and Basildon and East were well represented with students and staff from Gable Hall School, Basildon Upper Academy, and South Essex College joining with industry leaders to learn more about the links between business and the Chambers of Commerce and young people.
They also had the opportunity to hear from Jo Swinson MP, Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Women and Equalities Minister in the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport, who delivered an inspiring keynote speech.
Mr Metcalfe commented: “I was delighted to be able invite every secondary school in South Basildon and East Thurrock to the event and extremely encouraged that the interest was so high. The reception was a perfect opportunity to demonstrate how important business is to young people, to schools, and in training and to discuss practical solutions to youth unemployment.”
“I would like to thank all those who attended and hope they enjoyed it as much as I did. I would also like to thank the Essex Chamber of Commerce for their generous allocation of tickets.”