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.”
Five Year 11 boys from Castle School enjoyed a great day at RAF Brize Norton as part of the EES (Engineering Education Scheme).They participated in team building exercises, received talks from the RAF about engineering and met Ben Wheeler from A-Gas Ltd, who is the engineer they will be working with this year. The highlight of the day was the tour of one of the RAF’s planes, where they spent some time exploring and asking lots of questions.
Over the next few weeks they will be visiting A-gas Ltd at Portbury and seeing firsthand the problem which they must solve. They will then start the task of designing and completing the task over the next six months with a residential held at Bath University at the end of January.
Our thanks to A-Gas for supporting this exciting scheme for a second year.
Local insurance broker and Premium Partner, Brightside Insurance, had good reason to celebrate at the end of last week as one of its apprentices won the highly coveted Apprentice of the Year award at the South West Contact Centre Forum awards. Asher Budd, 19, a former Castle School pupil, received the award in recognition of the dedication he has shown in working towards completing an NVQ Level 3 qualification in Providing Financial Services and attaining his Chartered Insurance Institute status.
Collecting his award, Asher said “I’m really proud to have won this Apprentice of the Year award. It’s a wonderful achievement for me and I’d like to thank my manager Gemma Ferris, my team and everyone who’s played a part in supporting my development since I joined Brightside just one year ago”. Suzie Noble, Brightside’s Chief People Officer, was equally thrilled by the win, and said, “I’m so delighted with Asher has won this award. I’ve been nothing but impressed with the hard work and enthusiasm he’s shown since joining Brightside as an apprentice. He’s a role model for our future generation”.