Business Park partners with local School

Project to enable Chiswick students to get 'fit for work'

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Jonathan Bach, Headmaster of Chiswick Community School with students and Ron German of Chiswick Park

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The 'Chiswick Park Project' has been established with the support of Stanhope plc, the company behind Chiswick Business Park, through Hounslow Education Business Partnership to provide opportunities for students from Chiswick Community School to gain life skills in the world of work.

24 pupils aged 14-16 will be given the opportunity to spend part of their time with a Chiswick Business Park employer developing vocational skills leading to business-related qualifications.

A further 24 pupils will have the opportunity of taking an NVQ qualification in areas including ICT, business skills, and customer services depending on their areas of interest and the focus of work-related training undertaken at Chiswick Park.

The project will also provide the development of an enhanced programme of work related learning across all year groups in the school which will better prepare pupils for the rapidly changing work-place of the future.

Kay Chaston, Chief Executive of Chiswick Park, said,"Chiswick Park's commitment to the local community is long-term. This particular project is about enabling students to make a significant and lasting difference to their life skills. That is important for them as individuals and for the community as a whole."

Anne Keen MP, added,"It is vital that we invest in the lives of young people whatever their interests or abilities so that they can achieve their highest ambitions and contribute to the community. 'The Chiswick Park Project' offers that. It will develop young people's skills in the Borough in the long-term and that is just the type of approach that we need."

The number of people working at Chiswick Business Park has recently passed 3,000. When the scheme is complete there will be over 12,000 people working there.

November 16, 2004