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Carlisle’s next generation of business leaders move things forward

Participants at the scoping meeting at the assembly rooms

The next generation of budding business leaders met at Carlisle’s Assembly Rooms, on the 17th January, for the first ever Carlisle Young Ambassadors ‘scoping meeting’.

Like their adult counterparts, Carlisle Young Ambassadors, is already becoming a network of like-minded young people who want to play a full and active role in the future growth and development of their city.

They too want the opportunity to put forward ideas that will help attract people to live, work and visit the area. Alongside this, they also want to play a part in encouraging those already living in the area to stay and in persuading investors and developers to see the potential of Carlisle as a place with huge future potential.

Students from a number of local schools and colleges including William Howard School, Trinity School, Austin Friars and Carlisle College attended the initial ‘scoping meeting’, alongside business leaders and local government representatives from a range of organisations; including Capita, Nestle, The Cumberland Building Society, Genesis Homes, Inspira, David Allen, Alastair Herd Photography, Silverband Falconry, Northern Love Letters, Simply KoKo, Bespoke Minds, Hello Future, Carlisle Youth Partnership, Carlisle Youth Council, Carlisle City Council and Cumbria County Council.

During the meeting ten young people, aged between 10 and 22 years, volunteered to form a Young Carlisle Ambassador’s committee. In the coming weeks they will meet up to discuss the aims and objectives of the group and to look to work up several project ideas already put forward by members of Carlisle Young Ambassadors.

Michelle Masters, Carlisle Ambassadors, project lead, said: ‘’This group of young people recognise the potential of a Carlisle Young Ambassadors group and that they have a tremendous opportunity to develop and shape the City for their futures. They understand that by working together in partnership with their adult counterparts that we can get things done and help the city of Carlisle compete like never before and I would encourage other young people from across the district to get involved to make a difference for their futures.’’

Robbie Cameron a Year 13 student at William Howard School, and a member of Young Ambassadors, has already benefitted from being a part of the group. Robbie commented: “Meeting members of the business community and seeing the employment opportunities in the local area has given me the confidence to apply for a career in business management. The application process itself was easier too, mainly because of the invaluable experience gained from attending Young Ambassador meetings and the networking opportunities they have presented.”

Robbie added: ‘’I hope the extension of the Carlisle Ambassadors through Carlisle Young Ambassadors will encourage other young people to look at the opportunities available in Carlisle and not only that that it will help them to make a positive future for themselves and for the city.’’

If like Robbie you want to gain the necessary skills and experience and to be able to have the confidence to become the next big thing in business, then get involved in Carlisle Young Ambassadors…

To find out more contact Michelle Masters by email [email protected] or by calling 07810 224 735

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