Anglia Ruskin link will inspire young people

Published: 12 June 2014 at 09:48

Partnership with county and district council to raise ambition

It is hoped young people in Tendring can aim higher as a result of an agreement struck by Anglia Ruskin University to work closer with schools and businesses.

Essex County Council and Tendring District Council have both signed up to the three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which aims to improve standards within schools and increase ambition amongst youngsters in the district.

There are pockets of deprivation in Tendring where it is feared young people think it will be difficult or impossible for them to be able to attend university in the future. It is hoped the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and subsequent developments will help lift those aspirations.

By working with Tendring District Council, which has links with several employers in the area, Anglia Ruskin can help develop appropriate skills which will appeal to the district’s businesses.

As part of the agreement, Anglia Ruskin has agreed to support the Tendring Education Improvement Group as appropriate and carry out educational and social research in the district to help raise aspirations and achievement. Anglia Ruskin will also work with Tendring District Council to develop skills to help make young people more employable. In return, recruitment and marketing activity will be held in the district to encourage people to go to university.

Dr Simon Pratt-Adams, Deputy Dean for International and External Income at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“Raising aspirations amongst young people in Tendring is crucial to this very important collaboration and Anglia Ruskin can offer a lot for the development of all young people. Many people in Tendring feel marginalised by the education system and we hope we can help to change that. This is just the start, but it is important to get the ball rolling.”

Provost of Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford Campus, Professor David Humber, said:

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Anglia Ruskin, Tendring District Council and Essex County Council to work together in supporting the aspirations of the Tendring community. Building on Anglia Ruskin’s strength in educational research, we are particularly keen to develop opportunities for carrying out joint educational and social research to understand and support the raising of aspirations and achievement.”

Cllr Mick Page, Leader of Tendring District Council, said:

"The Council is keen to be a community leader and work with all its partners to improve the lives of residents and boost economic growth in Tendring.
“I am delighted that along with Essex County Council we have put pen to paper with Anglia Ruskin University to work together to support schools and local businesses. I am confident that this partnership will pay dividends in our efforts to raise educational attainment and the aspirations of young people in Tendring.
“We are already working with local employers to identify the skills needed to support economic development and this Memorandum of Understanding will help us to further our aims to deliver jobs and economic opportunities to the District.”

Following the signing of the MoU the partners will now formulate the exact measures and initiatives to be undertaking as a result of this exciting partnership.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure said:

“The future of our county depends on our ability, working closely with partners across the public and private sectors, to deliver sustainable economic growth for our local communities and businesses as well as enabling our young people into education and employment. Signing this MoU indicates our dedication and commitment because Essex’s universities are essential to our growth story.
“As major employers in themselves but also as hubs for innovation, new skills and new ideas, it’s never been more important to work in partnership with colleges and universities to encourage young people, particularly in disadvantaged areas, to take this path. We are pleased to see Anglia Ruskin University shares our aspirations and look forward to working with them.”