Business leaders focus on next generation

Helping the district's young people become the next generation of business leaders was the focus of an event attended by some of the district's leading technology companies.

More than 15 companies, including QinetiQ and Malvern Instruments, attended the recent Malvern Hills District Council Business Briefing which was hosted by Morgan Motor Company.

The main topic of discussion was how to ensure young people could access the skills, work experience and career guidance they needed to progress in the future.

A number of countywide schemes were highlighted which could support young people in the district to access the opportunities offered by Malvern Hills businesses, which range from cyber security to designing electric cars. 

Keynote speaker Dr Adrian Burden talked about good ways to inspire young people to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, including running Raspberry Pi

Jams, Code clubs and offering 12 month industry placements to University of Worcester students.

Dr Burden, who is the director of the Malvern Festival of Innovation, said: "Innovation is not just about technology. It's about a mind-set and activities such as the Next Generation Innovators day at this year's Festival are designed to help young people think creatively and see how a career based on science, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation can be exciting and rewarding."

Matt Tope, from the county-wide Connecting Schools and Business programme, also introduced the new Worcestershire Skills Central portal which will now make it easier for schools and businesses to find each other and match opportunities for work experience placements.

"Malvern Hills District Schools are exemplary in continuing to run work experience placements, despite increasing pressures on resources. However there are 721 placements needed every year in the district, and the support of businesses has never been more important."

The Malvern Festival of Innovation is the national showcase for social, technical and business innovation and this year will take place between 6 and 11 October.  For more information about this year's programme and exhibition and sponsorship opportunities visit

If your business wants to get involved with supporting the next generation of innovators register your interest at Worcestershire Skills Central