The Surrey Board of Trade and the Surrey School District have signed an agreement to work together to develop programs and strategies designed to prepare students for their future careers.
In order for students to fully appreciate the range of career options open to them, determine their values, explore interests, experience work environments and benefit from mentorship relationships, they must have opportunities to connect with employers and business representatives in their community.
“The Surrey Board of Trade’s Youth Entrepreneurship Policy advocates for and creates entrepreneurship pathways,” said Anita Huberman, CEO Surrey Board of Trade. “It isn’t only about building a career, it is about creating innovative skill sets and building the jobs of tomorrow.”
“Opportunities to connect with members of the business community through the Surrey Board of Trade will be invaluable to Surrey students. We believe that this partnership between business and education will enable us to develop innovative solutions to shared challenges,” said Laurie Larsen, Surrey Schools Trustee Chair.
The objectives of the partnership between the Surrey Board of Trade and Surrey Schools is to:
1. Expand the current SBOT entrepreneurship initiatives such as the PowerPlay Youth Entrepreneurs and Project Enterprise Programs within Surrey Schools.
2. Connect students to career ideas and opportunities by having them participate in Surrey Board of Trade events, including the Surrey Industry Bus Tour, the Top 25 Under 25 Awards, and the Surrey Business Excellence Awards.
3. Facilitate and encourage new ideas and initiatives by having students participate as members of the Surrey Board of Trade Youth Entrepreneurship Team and other relevant teams.
4. Expand the array of businesses that are sponsoring work experience students and participating in mentorship programs.
5. Lead Surrey Board of Trade presentations to Surrey School staff and students with career presentations.
“This Memorandum of Understanding will allow Surrey Schools and the Surrey Board of Trade to meet career and workforce development goals that will provide long term economic benefits to Surrey students and to the Surrey business community,” said Jordan Tinney, Superintendent, Surrey Schools, SD36.