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Leicester Business Festival seeks to boost education business links

The Leicester Business Festival running from 23rd October until 3rd November, will see ten exciting education-led events form part of its packed 2017 programme.

New to 2017, Education has been an important addition to the Business Festival. Leicestershire has a solid education sector, boasting three world-class universities releasing more than 15,000 graduates into the workforce each year, a strong Further Education (FE) sector, offering a comprehensive mix of apprenticeships, higher level apprenticeships and training and A levels; and an enviable choice of schools and private training providers.

A number of successful schemes already operate in Leicestershire to improve the links between education and business Introducing Education as a sector into the Business Festival further cements this transition.

Professor Dana Brown, Pro Vice-Chancellor/Dean, Faculty of Business & Law at De Montfort University and Principal Leicester Castle Business School is the LBF sector lead for education. She said, "It is essential that education and business work hand in hand so that young people leaving education are equipped with the right skills to transition into employment and training and education meets the needs of employers.

“The Business Festival is creating fantastic opportunities for businesses to further their links with the education sector. There are events to help businesses find out more about apprenticeships, graduates, how they can engage with schools and colleges as well as meet potential new employees.”

The Leicester Business Festival whose headline partner is Leicester Castle Business School, is an annual, two-week ‘festival’ of free business events covering a variety of sectors including Education, Professional Services, Marketing and Business Support, Food & Drink, Sport and Health, Tourism and Hospitality, Creative Industries and many more.

The Festival is the first of its kind to be run in the UK and now in its third year, it is by far the largest business event in the region. There are over 150 events taking place in total in the Business Festival programme with everything from conferences, seminars, workshops, trade shows to exhibitions, award ceremonies and recruitment fairs.

Most events are free and open to absolutely anyone in the world to attend.

The Business Festival education events include graduate recruitment fairs and several events for Leicestershire businesses about apprenticeships and associated funding, young volunteers and work experience placements by De Montfort University and several of the local Further Education Colleges. Similarly, multi-academy trust the Lionheart Academy will be examining how businesses can benefit financially by offering its services and expertise to the schools within its Trust.

De Montfort University will be demonstrating new, cutting-edge student support software tool and digital career guidance service and Cascaid Ltd is exploring how to use data on learning and skills gaps to inform strategic planning.

The Business Festival culminates with the 2017 Careers Speed Networking Event - one of the largest business events for young people in the region. Hundreds of local school children will get the opportunity to ‘speed network’ with employers from small and large businesses based to find out about jobs and potential new career paths.

All the education events are completely free to attend but places must be booked in advance via the Business Festival website. For more details and tickets, visit

Click here to see the full Leicester Business Festival Programme or click there to read more specifically about the Education events.

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