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Dave Harvey, business journalist for BBC Points West came to Charfield Primary School to find out just what was going on.
16 students from Castle and Marlwood Schools had the opportunity to look behind the scenes at two local employers: Alexandra Workwear and Europa Group .
Sarah MacIsaac from Premium Partners said, “We are incredibly grateful to Alexandra and Europa for engaging with our schools in such a positive way. Our students have benefited enormously for the experiences they have had with you and your staff.”
Both companies worked with Premium Partners to put together a fun morning of activities with the aim of finding out more about the people inside the organisation and the jobs that they do.
At Alexandra, textiles students were given a brief history of the company and enjoyed cups of tea and biscuits in the boardroom with some senior members of the company. They then had the opportunity to design outfits for customers; take photographs of garments for a catalogue; see how marketing materials are created; and look at how the company website is adapted and developed.
At Europa Group, students went on a treasure hunt to find specific members of staff whom they then interviewed. They found out about marketing and advertising; health and safety; customer confidentiality; financial compliance. They also had a look at the call centre. They were asked to observe how staff used language differently when addressing customers compared to their colleagues in the staff café.
As a result of these visits, all of the students said that they had increased their confidence in speaking to business people, understanding how a company works and how their studies at school relate to the world of work and their future. The things that most surprised them were how big the companies were, how friendly everyone was and how each person inside the company has an important role to play.
Elaine Fitt from Europa Group said,
“We were delighted to assist the local
children in making their career choices. They were well behaved and a credit to
their schools. We look forward to repeating this exercise soon.”