270 Year 10 students got the opportunity to have a real interview with a business person as part of an employability focus day on 21st October at the Castle School. 25 Premium Partners gave up their time to give their expertise and advice on CV writing, application letters and what to expect at an interview.
The statistics based on student feedback demonstrate the significant positive impact that working with our Premium Partners had, with all students gaining an increase in confidence in at least one area (eg knowing how to prepare for an interview; knowing what type of questions to expect etc)
The Premium Partners said that they enjoyed the experience of coming into school to work directly with the students, and commented on their focus and engagement during the sessions.
We ran similar sessions for our 6th form students on 6th November who also benefitted enourmously from the experience. Our thanks to all our Premium Partners involved.
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”.