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THE BIG ESSEX DEBATE TO TACKLE PROBLEMS WITH EDUCATION

 THE BIG ESSEX DEBATE TO TACKLE PROBLEMS WITH EDUCATION
 
Paul Finch, Chairman of the IoD Essex branch has picked up the thread of Is Education in Essex failing business? as the subject for a keynote event and the highlight of this years activities.
 
The Big Essex Debate, which follows the format of a traditional debate, will take place at the Chamber of Essex County Council on Thursday 23 June. The event will feature key figures from the world of business, education and politics including Stephen Castle the Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Geoff Morris a serial entrepreneur and business mentor. It is hoped that the real issues of education delivering an able, literate, skilled generation, able to participate fully in the business and commercial life of their community, will be placed firmly on the agenda.
 
With much criticism in the press of the standards of education, Paul Finch has been listening to his members views on the subject.  He comments: I am constantly receiving feedback from owners and directors of Essex based companies that young employees coming out of the education system are not prepared for the work environment. They lack discipline, attitude and, in many cases, fundamental skills for an office environment.
Paul started this campaign following frustrations in his own growing e-commerce start-up business - www.spares4appliances.co.uk. He comments: When you are in start-up mode, you need bright, hungry and enthusiastic people who are eager to help you explore the immense opportunity ahead. Instead I get approached by a lot of unenthusiastic, unwilling candidates who think life owes them something because they got a degree in a life style subject.
 
Pauls views are shared by many, but equally there are many business executives spending energy in the education sector, lending their support to help improve matters, so there is a lot of disagreement about what is going on in reality.
 
To book your place and join the debate, please contact the Branch Administrator on 01376 518795 or email admin.essex@iod.net. Members and non-members can book online by visiting www.iod.com/essex/events. Tickets are 25.

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