Devon Chamber: adding value to your educational experience

As a patron of the Devon Chamber of Commerce Plymouth University’s Faculty of Business is enhancing links between the University, it's staff and students and the county's business community.

Professor Nikolaos Tzokas, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business, said:

Our recipe for competing successfully nationally and internationally is firmly based, among other things, on our strategic relationships with businesses at the local and regional level. Joining forces with the Devon Chamber of Commerce creates an excellent space for research ideas with real impact and exciting new opportunities for our students to enhance and apply the professional and entrepreneurial skills they develop in our Faculty and the wider University.

How will I benefit?

As a student within the Faculty of Business you will benefit from access to Devon Junior Chamber (DJC). DJC offers young people a calendar of events and training aimed to develop members to reach their full potential in the workplace.

Visit the Devon Junior Chamber website

Careers and Employability 

With our Careers and Employability Team gaining support from the Chamber in engaging with the wider business community, you will benefit from:

  • opportunities to visit member companies 
  • Chamber representatives or business people engaged as guest speakers for lectures
  • Chamber member businesses attending careers events

Examples of how our students have benefitted

A night at the Opera

You may not have heard of Glyndebourne, but it is one of the finest and most celebrated opera houses in the world, and it's based in East Sussex. This giant of the operatic world is a success story delivering world-class performances in their own 1,200 seat auditorium and to opera audiences around the UK. 

Plymouth's Theatre Royal is a regular stop on the Glynbourne touring circuit and we were honoured to receive 20 tickets to view  L’Elsir D’Amore as part of the Plymouth Junior Chamber Partnership programme (now the Devon Junior Chamber). We were also given the opportunity to meet Theatre staff from Glyndebourne who gave us a pre-performance talk, providing an in-depth insight into theatre business, and even direct contact details of Glyndebourne Theatre staff, should we ever require any additional educational support information regarding theatre business!

Attending the Opera

Network training

Who can debate the usefulness of networking skills in the business world? To help our students develop these essential skills the Plymouth Junior Chamber partnership delivered a network training course.

The objectives of the training were to enable students to learn:
  • how to network effectively,
  • why networking is a very important skill that can enhance their career and
  • how to use networking to help them find a job.
The event started with a meal at the University’s Drake’s Kitchen where students were allocated table numbers to encourage them to meet and connect with new people. This was followed by a training event which focused on securing jobs after graduation and the various methods and strategies that students could apply to enhance their future job prospects.  The trainers used a mix of methods to engage the students, they worked in groups, watched videos about networking, listened to engaging lecturers and got involved in debates.

Mamata Dhakal , Plymouth Graduate School of Management student, said:
“...You have done an excellent job organising this session which has provided me with an insight on what I need to do as further steps to enhance my career.”

Team building at the Eden Project

Approximately 250 students from the Faculty of Business have enjoyed time together undertaking team building activities at the Eden Project due to our partnership with the Plymouth Junior Chamber of Commerce

The students were divided into teams at the Eden Project and immediately engaged in a trade and build a den challenge under a time constraint – their creativity and trading skills were put to the test. After this demanding activity the students enjoyed a hot lunch, giving valuable time for networking and group bonding. 

After lunch, it was non-stop action for the teams – learning how to make pizzas in the Eden Bakery, going on the Sky Wire ride across Eden, completing the Rainforest Challenge and ice skating. Some feedback from students:

“We got the chance to meet a lot of new people and do a lot of fun things that we wouldn't have had a chance to do otherwise. It was simply an amazing day…”  Alka Chandran

“I enjoyed myself and participated in a group work challenge and our team won.”Lynnet Wanjiku