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Councillor talks business with college students
4:29pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A LEADING councillor gave a talk to students as part of a scheme aimed at introducing them to the business world.
Cyndi Hughes, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, spoke to 40 students at Darlington College on Wednesday (October 9) afternoon.
As part of their course, they are working to develop an understanding of the economic, social and political environment.
Coun Hughes said her talk aimed to provide information on the social and economic strengths and weaknesses of the borough.
Some of the issues discussed included:
• Demographics – how Darlington compares with other North-East towns and cities and how the region fits into the country as a whole;
• Deprivation and opportunities for improvement - ways to improve health and education for Darlington residents;
• Opportunities - ideas for helping Darlington improve life for its citizens, highlighting projects like Darlington Cares and the Foundation for Jobs.
The overarching aim of the session was to provide basic data and information to give students an understanding of Darlington and how the students can, in understanding the local environment, help to develop ideas to improve the locality.
The class profile was diverse with students coming from different socio-economic groups and cultures.
“I was incredibly impressed by the questions these young people asked and the enthusiasm they showed toward learning more about the challenges facing Darlington and the solutions being developed through local partnership working.
“I hope this is just the start of a wider dialogue with these talented young people.”
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