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CEOs share expertise with pupils

§ June 3rd, 2012 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on CEOs share expertise with pupils

Taranaki’s business chief executives will soon begin passing on their knowledge to the region’s school students.

The Business & Education Partnership is a joint venture between the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce CEO’s Forum and Taranaki schools. The partnership will involve several CEOs from the forum making themselves available to speak at schools.

The partnership has been developed by a lead group created to foster communication between the schools and CEOs.

“In Taranaki we have an amazing resource with many skilled, experienced and talented chief executives,” said New Plymouth Girls’ High School deputy principal Stella Bond.

“A number of these CEOs have seen an opportunity to pass on those skills to the region’s schools, giving something back into education in the community. Students and teachers will benefit significantly from this.”

The partnership aims to offer initial meetings between local chief executives and schools in the fourth term of this year, with the programme becoming more established in 2010.

More speakers will be added as they become available, and other opportunities for links between the CEO’s Forum and Taranaki Schools will be developed as the partnership grows.

“This programme allows us to develop an important link between business and the community,” said Taranaki Chamber of Commerce chief executive Judith Gilmer.

“The partnership will help to grow a greater level of social responsibility among our region’s businesses, and a stronger awareness of Taranaki’s successful companies among students.”

School leaders will be able to research and apply to host speakers on the Chamber of Commerce website, taranakichamber.co.nz.

The lead group consists of: Stella Bond (NPGHS), Mike Brewer (Taranaki Newspapers Ltd), Karen Brisco (Omata School), Jenny Gellen (Waitara High School), Lynne Hepworth (Oakura School), Paul Ryan (Hawera High School), Eric Shaw (Highlands Intermediate School), Margaret Sykes (Education Taranaki) and Howie Tamati (Sport Taranaki).