Mentoring programme a success!

  • By Paula Kirkby
  • 24 May, 2017

Students feel more prepared for GCSEs thanks to business mentors

By Paula Kirkby 21 Jun, 2017

One of Castle School’s Year 11 students, Lauren Savage, has just secured a 3 year service technician apprenticeship with Berkeley Vale Motors. She is the first female to be offered this opportunity with the Thorbury based Hyundai dealership. Jim Coogan (After Sales Manager) explained that they were not intending to take on an apprentice this year, but they were so impressed with Lauren’s persistence, enthusiasm, commitment and willingness to learn, they agreed to take her on!

He went on to sum up the benefits of taking on an apprentice. “Having an apprentice helps us develop a young person’s understanding of our specific culture and ethos. They become an expert in our products.”

Lauren’s excitement about this opportunity was obvious when talking to her. After a meeting with Jim and her parents to sign all the paperwork, she gave a firm hand shake and said to Jim, “See you bright on early on 17th July!”

We’re sure Berkeley Vale Motors won’t regret it! Good luck Lauren!

By Paula Kirkby 24 May, 2017
By Paula Kirkby 22 May, 2017
Our final business forum of the year was held at Eastwood Park Hotel on the evening of Thursday 18th May.  The room was buzzing with students and businesses chatting about what has been going on at Premium Partners over the last few months. There were accomplished and inspiring presentations by students later on, covering projects from the Education Engineering Scheme with Agas, to the innovative Thornbury Youth Hub; wind turbine making and other projects at Essilor, to valuable work experience with Berkeley Vale Motors.

It felt like a real celebration of what Premium Partners is all about and how much we can achieve through engaging our students with local businesses. Thank you to Thornbury Deli who catered the event, and to all those who attended!
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By Paula Kirkby 21 Jun, 2017

One of Castle School’s Year 11 students, Lauren Savage, has just secured a 3 year service technician apprenticeship with Berkeley Vale Motors. She is the first female to be offered this opportunity with the Thorbury based Hyundai dealership. Jim Coogan (After Sales Manager) explained that they were not intending to take on an apprentice this year, but they were so impressed with Lauren’s persistence, enthusiasm, commitment and willingness to learn, they agreed to take her on!

He went on to sum up the benefits of taking on an apprentice. “Having an apprentice helps us develop a young person’s understanding of our specific culture and ethos. They become an expert in our products.”

Lauren’s excitement about this opportunity was obvious when talking to her. After a meeting with Jim and her parents to sign all the paperwork, she gave a firm hand shake and said to Jim, “See you bright on early on 17th July!”

We’re sure Berkeley Vale Motors won’t regret it! Good luck Lauren!

By Paula Kirkby 24 May, 2017
By Paula Kirkby 22 May, 2017
Our final business forum of the year was held at Eastwood Park Hotel on the evening of Thursday 18th May.  The room was buzzing with students and businesses chatting about what has been going on at Premium Partners over the last few months. There were accomplished and inspiring presentations by students later on, covering projects from the Education Engineering Scheme with Agas, to the innovative Thornbury Youth Hub; wind turbine making and other projects at Essilor, to valuable work experience with Berkeley Vale Motors.

It felt like a real celebration of what Premium Partners is all about and how much we can achieve through engaging our students with local businesses. Thank you to Thornbury Deli who catered the event, and to all those who attended!
By Paula Kirkby 06 Apr, 2017

Essilor once again opened their doors to 16 Year 9 students from Castle School to give them some challenging projects to complete. This year, there were four products built: a wind turbine; an infinity mirror; an FM radio and a solar panel. Students took a look behind the scenes at the manufacturing process at the company, learned the scientific and mathematical theory behind each of their products and discovered new skills in the workshop. The results were impressive and students were clearly proud of what they had achieved.

A celebration lunch was held on 5th April at Essilor where parents, Essilor employees and Castle School staff saw student presentations of their work. Certificates of achievement were awarded by the Mayor and Mike Kirkley, Director of Essilor.

This project is a great example of how the links between business and education through the Premium Partnership scheme can develop employability skills, confidence and strong networks for our students. A huge thanks to Essilor who have been such a pleasure to work with!
By Tessa Wilkinson 15 Mar, 2017

The Premium Partners for Schools team have picked up another award! The Careers Development Institute awards received over 50 entries. Judges for the ‘Innovative Employer Engagement’ category were particularly impressed with the longevity and sustainability of Premium Partners and the breadth of work undertaken with our business partners. They recognised the impact our business partners have on our students and the opportunities that are available for them.

 

At the beginning of our 6th year, we are thrilled to have yet again received external validation for the work we do. All thanks to a fantastic team, wonderful business Partners and adventurous students.

By Paula Kirkby 15 Mar, 2017
On Thursday 9th March, 16 of our Premium Partners kindly gave up their time to come and deliver sessions on how to write a good CV and shared some interview tips to our Year 12 students. They then held one to one interviews with our students throughout the afternoon to put into practice what they had learned. 

The hall was buzzing with conversations, and despite nerves, students came out smiling!

Our thanks to all the Premium Partners involved in what was a really positive day!
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