Chamber recruits key figure to bridge gap between business and education in Coventry & Warwickshire

Lizzie Mara

Bridging the gap between business and schools is one way of solving the skills shortage across Coventry and Warwickshire.

And the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce has recruited a key figure to take on that role to help the city and county grow its own pool of talent to meet the needs of the local economy.

Lizzie Mara has joined the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce as an Enterprise Co-ordinator for the region, a role which is supported and part-funded by The Careers and Enterprise Company and enhances the service provided by the CWLEP Growth Hub.

She will help schools and colleges to improve their careers and enterprise activities by brokering education and business links.

The aim is to ensure not only consistency of provision across schools in Coventry and Warwickshire, but also opportunities to address the skills gap, while increasing young people’s experience of work situations to improve their future employment potential.

Lizzie has experience in working with business and education having spent a year as the Events Officer for families and young People at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has previously worked as an Events and Business Engagement Officer, and as a Personal Learning Adviser for Stratford and Warwickshire College.

She said: “It is great to be on board with the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.

“The aim is to create a sustainable and thriving landscape of opportunity which will benefit both businesses, and importantly, young people from all backgrounds.

“We want to ensure that every child and young person across Coventry and Warwickshire gets the opportunity to make the most of this network to help enhance their career chances.

“I want to connect with a variety of businesses who would like to work with us in ensuring that we can help to support young people and develop a pool of talent for the whole economy.”

Louise Bennett, Chief Executive of the Chamber, said: “This is a very important role and Lizzie is a great addition to the team at the Chamber.

“Businesses have been telling us for some time now that a shortage of skills is holding back growth in the region.

“This work takes a positive step in trying to address that and will help to support children and young people from all backgrounds in our city and county.”

Angela Tellyn, of The Careers and Enterprise Company, said: “We are delighted to have the Chamber on board to support this crucial area of work as they are able to connect to so many businesses across the region, which is vital when we are trying to bridge the gap between industry and education.”

If you would like to find out more, please contact Elizabeth Mara at: elizabethm@cw-chamber.co.uk.