Sherborne Young Chamber leads the way

SHERBORNE SUCCESS: Will Montgomery, second right, hands Young Chamber certificate to Mark Eastwood from ABP Yetminster, third right. Stephen Strowger from the Gryphon School is fourth right with DCCI chief executive Ian Girling fifth right. They are pictured with Gryphon School sixth formers

SHERBORNE SUCCESS: Will Montgomery, second right, hands Young Chamber certificate to Mark Eastwood from ABP Yetminster, third right. Stephen Strowger from the Gryphon School is fourth right with DCCI chief executive Ian Girling fifth right. They are pictured with Gryphon School sixth formers

Sixth formers from Sherborne have become the first to visit Dorset’s chamber of commerce on an industry placement.

The Gryphon School students spent the day at Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) after joining its pioneering Young Chamber programme to link business and education.

They shadowed staff, gained an insight into different departments’ responsibilities at DCCI’s Acorn Office Park headquarters and met Mark Eastwood, who is site Managing Director of ABP Yetminster.

ABP Yetminster, part of the ABP Food Group, has sponsored The Gryphon School’s membership of Young Chamber.

Sixth formers on the school’s new Young Leaders programme are among those blazing the Young Chamber trail.

Rory Baird, 16, said: “It has been fascinating to see what goes on behind the scenes at the Chamber.

“As Young Leaders we are looking forward to using Young Chamber to benefit the community.”

Emily Wootton, 16, added: “It was great to see how the different departments at the Chamber worked.”

Callum Morley, 16, added: “We may well use DCCI’s model to influence how we organise our Chamber activities and processes.”

Gryphon School sixth formers listen to Young Chamber presentation by Mark Eastwood of ABP Yetminster

HOUSE POINTS: Gryphon School sixth formers listen to Young Chamber presentation by Mark Eastwood of ABP Yetminster

The Gryphon has become the seventh school to sign up to the programme since it was launched by DCCI – the voice of business in Dorset – in September.

ABP Yetminster employs 380 staff at its meat processing and packing hub.

Site managing director Mark Eastwood said: “We are very pleased to sponsor the Gryphon School and look forward to being their commercial partner during the programme.”

The school’s Young Chamber, which has 25 members in total, will focus on delivering projects for the community and gaining business skills.

Assistant Headteacher Stephen Strowger, who heads up the Sixth Form, said the Young Chamber would help students develop as Young Leaders.

Sherborne is first

“Young Chamber is an important programme for our Young Leaders. Students will create their own finance and their own model to help the community, and in doing so gain valuable skills and experience which will benefit them in their future endeavours.”

Will Montgomery, DCCI Young Chamber co-ordinator, added: “The Gryphon is the first school, and the first Young Chamber, to spend an industry day at DCCI.

“They have brought a real buzz to the office with their enthusiasm and passion. We hope they will be the first of many more Young Chamber visitors.”The Young Chamber is sponsored by DCCI Platinum Business Partners TeamJobs, BU and the Quantum Group and supported by Ansbury Guidance.

The Gryphon School is a leading Church of England secondary school with about 1,600 students aged 11 to 18 from all across North and West Dorset and South Somerset

ABP Food Group works with a network of more than 35,000 farmers. It contributes an estimated 1.3bn Euros into the rural economies in which it operates.

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