'We are thrilled that the work we have done over the last four years bringing students and businesses together to raise aspirations, inspire and address employability skills has been recognised by the British Chambers of Commerce. Now we're crossing our fingers for the national awards on the 26th November'
"This is an excellent design. It really emphasises the emotion of driving a Hyundai and the inspiration it provides. I love the idea of the student embarking on a journey being translated into a design on the car. Very creative and extremely inspirational."
Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK Ltd
Inspire, raise aspirations, develop employability skills, mentor and encourage, enable informed choices.... these are all words that describe the impact you can have on our young people.
Dave Harvey, business journalist for BBC Points West came to Charfield Primary School to find out just what was going on.
“I thought networking was only for businesses.”
“I now know how to speak to people better and how to start conversations with a business person.”
“Even if you’re unsure, just try talking to people. It’s not necessarily the person you are talking to but the people they know.”
“It’s about talking and finding out things. You don’t have to want or need something from someone.”
“I wish I could have seen everyone!”
“I will network more in my social circle and look to expand it, to find out what opportunities are there.”
“It helped me realise what resources I already have.”
We look forward to more events like this next year!
For the second year running, the Premium Partners scheme at Castle and Marlwood Schools has enabled Year 9 students to work with Berkeley Vale Motors in a Go Kart project. The students had to go through a formal application process which included writing letters to the Directors of Berkeley Vale Motors, followed by giving a presentation at the garage and participating in team building activities.
Seven students were selected, and have been to Berkeley Vale Motors every fortnight after school for the past 5 months, to learn about engines, how a Go Kart is built, and ultimately, to design and race their own kart. The students had the opportunity to race their hot dog design at the Tetbury Whacky Races on the May bank holiday and had a great day out with the BVM staff.
The students also attended the Premium Partners business forum at Eastwood Park Hotel, where a range of businesses and parents showed great interest and enthusiasm for the boys’ work!
Final presentations and a drive around the Castle School fields this week concluded this fun and enriching project, in addition to receiving certificates of achievement from Helen Harrison, the Lady Mayor. She commented, “It is really encouraging to see different elements of the community working together so creatively in this way.”