Isle of Man News - POSTED Fri 29-09-2017

Chamber of Commerce raises £2065 for Junior Achievement Isle of Man

by LC

Chamber of Commerce raises £2065 for Junior Achievement Isle of Man

The Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce has raised £2065 for Manx charity Junior Achievement Isle of Man from its gala dinner held at the Villa Marina.

The chamber’s chief operating officer Rebecca George said: ‘We see a compelling synergy between our two organisations and, in many ways, our goals are the same. We are both focused on developing and supporting a skilled and entrepreneurial workforce through education and work-readiness programmes to grow the Island’s economy. And, as with Junior Achievement, chamber members go into schools to alert young people to the wealth of career opportunities across all sectors the Isle of Man has to offer.

‘It is against this background that we chose to present Junior Achievement with this donation, which is thanks to the generosity of chamber members and guests and the many local businesses who provided such excellent raffle prizes for our 62nd gala dinner.

‘The Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have been able to help the charity continue its vital work to equip the next generation of business leaders and decision makers with the skills they will need to succeed in an increasingly competitive jobs market.’

Junior Achievement’s chief executive Sue Cook said: ‘We are very grateful to the Chamber of Commerce for its generous support. Clearly we have a shared mission: to develop young people’s career pathways and entrepreneurial spirit, prepare them for the workplace and provide them with ladders of opportunity to compete in a global marketplace.’

Entertainment at the dinner was provided by two past winners of Junior Achievement’s Next Big Thing talent contest for young people: Next Big Thing 2017 Amy Gravestock, who took the title aged just 12, and Tabitha Templer who won in 2016, aged 14.

Applications to audition for the Next Big Thing 2018 are open until Wednesday October 11. To apply, visit

Junior Achievement Isle of Man is a member of Junior Achievement Europe which works with 31,380 schools, with the help of 116,687 teachers and 164,363 business volunteers to empower 3,454,750 million students across 39 countries.

To find out more about Junior Achievement Isle of Man, visit

Photo - Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce chief operating officer Rebecca George, left, presents the chamber’s cheque to Junior Achievement Isle of Man chief executive Sue Cook. Picture Andrew Barton.

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