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Chester graduate launches charity partnership

A University of Chester graduate is supporting national employability charity Young Enterprise in their mission to give young people the skills they need to boost employability.

Business Management and Entrepreneurship graduate, Jack Miller (25), who was born in Warrington, but now lives in Rugby, has set up a partnership between his company, Career Velocity, and Young Enterprise – which is aiming to support young people to secure their dream career. The partnership will include a free career development webinar and a prize draw for a one-to-one career development session. Both will help the winner create a career plan and continue their professional development. This partnership can trace its roots back to 2014 when Jack entered a Young Enterprise competition whilst at the University of Chester.

Career Velocity will be delivering this free career development webinar with Young Enterprise on Wednesday, May 27, at 5pm, and Jack will then be giving a virtual presentation at the University in September to inspire budding entrepreneurs on the Venture Programme.

Jack graduated from the University of Chester in 2016 and quickly secured commercial roles at world-leading luxury car brands, including Bentley, Bugatti and Aston Martin where he is Global Retail Performance Lead. He started his own business, Career Velocity, to provide a bespoke service helping people to develop their career and secure their next job opportunity.

Prior to embarking on this journey, Jack completed the University of Chester’s Venture Programme and Young Enterprise’s Company Programme - schemes that equip students and graduates with the skills and knowledge to start up a business.

Jack Miller, Founder of Career Velocity, said: “The support programmes provided by the University of Chester and Young Enterprise have undoubtedly helped me to secure my dream jobs and given me the skills and ambition to run my own business.

“I set up Career Velocity to pass on my tips and experiences to help people develop their career with coaching, CV writing and interview preparation.

“Supporting Young Enterprise and the next generation of professionals and entrepreneurs, seemed like the perfect way to repay the University and Young Enterprise for the support they have given me, particularly given the tough employment environment we are currently in.”

Danielle Brown, Alumni Officer at Young Enterprise added: “We’re thrilled to be working with Jack, and are very proud of all he has achieved following his Young Enterprise experience. In challenging times, younger people are most disproportionately affected and Jack’s vision to support them on their career journey is fantastic.”

Kirsty Badrock, Entrepreneurship Co-ordinator at the University of Chester, said: “Within a month of his arrival, Jack evidenced his entrepreneurial spirit; signing up for a number of enterprise initiatives offered through the Venture Programme. His dedication and commitment ultimately saw him travel to Rio de Janeiro and Moscow, as a delegate and speaker for the Global Entrepreneurship Congresses in 2013 and 2014 to represent the University. We are incredibly proud of his success and wish him all the best with Career Velocity. We are grateful to Jack for coming back to the University to enthuse our next wave of entrepreneurs through a talk on passion, persistence and belief.”

To sign-up to the free webinar, head to Young Enterprise’s LinkedIn page or on the following form: https://forms.gle/6Ni7iiEZKtBMBfPe7. During the webinar, viewers will be able to enter in to a prize draw for a one-to-one Career Coaching session.

To find out more about how Career Velocity can help develop your career, please visit www.mycareervelocity.co.uk.

About Career Velocity

Career Velocity aims to share the secrets of career development success, making career development more accessible. Passing on our personal success, experience and  'behind-the-curtain' knowledge of the recruitment process ​we help all people develop their career.

Our unique and bespoke approach has supported clients at all stages of their career. Whether you are taking your first career step or are looking at a complete change of career, we've got the flexible support you need.

About Young Enterprise

At Young Enterprise we believe that no young person should be left behind. Our vision is that every young person is provided with the opportunity to learn the vital skills needed to earn and look after their money, to develop an enterprising mindset and make a valuable contribution to their communities and wider society.

By 2023, Young Enterprise will create a minimum of one million opportunities to help young people activate their untapped ambition. To do this, we need to mobilise 40,000 volunteers, teachers, and alumni across our network which will require an investment of 16 million pounds over the next three years

About the University of Chester Venture Programme

The Venture Programme helps students and graduates to develop the skills, knowledge, confidence and connections to start up a business, to enter self-employment or to build a freelance career. Venture aims to challenge a student or graduate’s thinking, expose them to the business world and give them the opportunity to make something happen for themselves.

It consists of nine modules which cover different aspects of starting up a business. These are: Setting Up; Sales and Marketing; Business Responsibility; Finance and Funding; Enterprise Skills; Business Planning; Legal Matters; Online Marketing and 1-to-1 business advice surgeries.


Pictured - Jack Miller

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