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Give us your views on improving people’s skills and job prospects

Press Release   •   Oct 31, 2016 10:35 GMT

The man leading Bury’s new Life Chances Commission is inviting residents and businesses to meet him and share their views.

Former Bury man Phil Collins is hosting three sessions in the borough, and wants to hear from as many people as possible about the best ways that education and industry can work together to maximise people’s potential and employment opportunities.

The details and venues for each session are as follows:

Session 1: Friday 4 November, Millwood School, Radcliffe (5-7pm).

Theme: Early Years and Second Chances (the two ends of the education system, family, school readiness and opportunities for adults).

Session 2: Wednesday 16 November, Peel Room, Bury Town Hall (12-2pm).

Theme: Education (the formal system, in all its guises, from 5 to 18). During this session we would like to hear from as many students as possible.

Session 3: Friday 9 December, Elton High School, Bury (5-7pm).

Theme: Enterprise (the links into work, the quality of work, pay progression, skills etc).

Each session will feature an hour of open discussion, followed by the opportunity to meet Mr Collins on a group or one-to-one basis.

Mr Collins, a former student of Bury Grammar School, is a columnist on The Times newspaper and was previously a speechwriter to former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

He was invited to chair the Bury Life Chances commission by Councillor Rishi Shori, leader of Bury Council.

Cllr Shori said:“The role of the commission is to ensure that the council and its partners can support Bury residents, especially young people, to develop the skills required for employment opportunities. We also want to consider how we can jointly tackle some of the inequality of opportunity in the borough and some of the poverty within some of our neighbourhoods.

“Our ambition is to create a system between schools, businesses and public services that ensures opportunities for everyone. This is a unique opportunity to hear the voices of Bury residents, schools, businesses and wider stakeholders.

“It is important that everyone has the opportunity to provide their views, and I encourage everyone to attend these sessions and talk to Phil.”

If you can’t attend one of these sessions, Mr Collins urges you to contribute your views by emailing the commission at


Press release issued: 31 October 2016.