Following the huge success of our first networking lunch, we decided to make this a yearly event in the Premium Partners' calendar. We had a wide range of businesses represented from Engineering firms Atkins and Airbus to SMEs specialising in HR, Finance and the arts.
The aim of the lunch was to introduce our year 12 students to networking and help them gain confidence in presenting themselves to people they don't know. Data from students shows;
84%said this event had given them more confidence.
89% would like more opportunities to network
86% understand networking better
Interestingly 85% of the businesses present said they understood how they could support students better.
Some of them have secured contacts for work experience and advice.
Quotes from students about most enjoyable/interesting aspects of the lunch:
“Understanding what it is employers look for in a person”
“How people have changed careers multiple times”
“Pushing myself out of my comfort zone”
“I have been educated on the meaning and purpose of networking as well as its applications in working life”
“Hearing people’s stories about what they have done to get to where they are now”
“Being able to ask questions and gain some knowledge about area I was unsure of”
“Learning about how someone started their own company”
“Discussing future prospects, but also the routes to those careers”
“Meeting new people and understanding what business want from young people”
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”.