Policy & Representation

Business, Skills & Education

Develop awareness, your staff and your company profile by getting involved in our Programmes. From sponsorship to speaking opportunities; we work closely with companies who want to develop awareness of their products/services and company profile through youth activities.

Our student programmes are incredibly important as they provide an important link between businesses and young people. They provide students with greater understanding of business, the workplace and future employment opportunities, which will help enrich the area’s future workforce.

Emerging Leader Membership Programmes – for 11-18 year old students

This programme is for students looking to develop, engage with local businesses, work as a small business, get involved in educational interactive activities and enhance their personal skills – for a brighter future.

Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group helps set up a small business called “Emerging Leaders” in the school. With guidance from mentors and the Chamber, students take part in a full academic year programme and get awarded bronze, silver and gold certificates at the end of each term. Student go on to take part in the end of year Thames Valley school competition, where at the end of the year Emerging Leaders present their activities to a panel of judges and have a chance of winning a prizes for their Emerging Leader business team.

What do students get as part of the membership?

Term 1: In the first term we gather a group of 20 Emerging Leader students to work as a team; educate them on general business set-up and allocate roles & responsibilities. Emerging Leaders are given a Bronze certificate on completion.

Term 2: Work as a team and organise end of year school event inviting parents, local businesses and other students. Leaders are given a Silver certificate on completion.

Term 3: External Speaker and Presentation. Emerging Leaders are given a Gold certificate on completion.

The award ceremony will take place at the Chamber’s HQ where schools from the Thames Valley compete for the prizes, by presenting their experience and activities to a panel of businesses.

Benefits:

  • Greater understanding of business & workplace
  • Improved employability
  • Skills for life
  • Networking opportunity with local businesses
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Great to have on your CV

The cost is £20+vat per student/year with 20 places per school

Please contact your school teacher or Atif Baig on 01753 870500 / atifbaig@tvchamber.co.uk for more information.

Affiliate Membership – students in further education

This programme is for students in further education looking to develop, engage with local businesses at our business networking events, access our “Affiliate Business Talks Forums” and enhance their personal skills – for a brighter future.

Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce runs over 180 networking events a year which vary from focused networking events to specialised forums, covering subjects such as international trade, business issues, transport, energy, finance, technology, HR and much more.

What do students get as part of the membership?

  • Access to three Chamber events
  • Access to free “Affiliate Business Talks Forums”, where Thames Valley based businesses speak to students directly on topics like “The Art of Business Development” and “Journey of a Global Brand”.
  • Free Business Voice magazine subscription
  • Unlimited free Business Advice sessions with a professional business advisor
  • Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Affiliate certificate

Benefits:

  • Greater understanding of business
  • Preparation for the working world
  • Improved employability
  • Skills for life
  • Starting a business advice
  • Networking opportunity with local businesses
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Confidence
  • Great to have on your CV

The cost is £50+vat per student/year

Please contact Atif Baig on 01753 870500 / atifbaig@tvchamber.co.uk for more information.