"I can tell by the way you walk what kind of an attitude you will bring to your work!" says Tesco boss!
Rob Henderson, manager of Thornbury Tesco, spent an hour with Year 9 students this morning, discussing how a manager might deal with certain situations in the work place. Students had to discuss various difficult scenarios that may crop up in the work environment, such as lateness, behaviour, attitudes, dress code, mobile phone use etc. Rob got involved in their discussions and helped them think about different approaches. The students were surprised by the importance of being empathetic and how much managers have to have good listening and communication skills. They came to realise that you couldn't simply cut someone's pay, or make them immediately redundant, and that there were legal frameworks that came into play.
At the end of the session, the students were asked to consider their top three qualities of a good leader. Some of their thoughts were: teamwork; reponsibility; knowing when to be tough; good communication and commitment.
All the students felt it was a useful and informative session and really enjoyed having an outside speaker in their class.
Many thanks for Rob for giving up his time and braving the classroom!
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”.