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15 September, 2017 - 11:16 By Kate Sweeney

Chinese teachers choose Cambridge careers education masterclass

Anne Bailey Michaela Eschbach

Form the Future in Cambridge is hosting a delegation of teachers from Hangzhou, China keen to learn how best to work with schools and businesses to support careers education.

Cambridge life science world leader Abcam, which has a market cap of £2.234bn, has agreed to host the delegation for one of the sessions.

Form the Future connects schools and businesses to help students prepare for their future and this venture would seem a perfect launchpad to pushing its capabilities worldwide.

For this initiative – in addition to running two full days of training at Passmores Academy, Harlow and in Cambridge – Form the Future is giving the teachers the opportunity to observe their activities in practice.

The teachers will observe a What’s My Line? session on September 18 at North Cambridge Academy, followed by a student led tour of the school and then an Enterprise Day on September 21st. 

These events give students insight into different careers and a chance to develop the ‘soft skills’ like teamwork, collaboration and creativity that are so valued by employers while getting a taste of entrepreneurship.

Form the Future has also arranged for the delegation to visit Abcam to see one of the local business that supports Form the Future’s activities. Abcam will provide an introduction to their business and a tour of their facilities, including their lab and logistics facilities. One of the presenters is currently on secondment from Abcam’s site in Hangzhou.

The programme has been arranged by Paul Beashel, a former headteacher who now acts as a consultant supporting professional development.

Anne Bailey, co-founder of Form the Future CIC, said: “It has been fascinating learning how China shares our challenge in preparing young people for their future careers. They have been extremely interested in the way we involve business people in delivering our activities.”

Fellow-founder Michaela Eschbach added: “This is an exciting opportunity for Form the Future to explore opportunities to work internationally.”

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Anne Bailey (left) with Michaela Eschbach

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