Business world is inspiring students
Published 1 Aug 2012 07:30 0 Comments
Ready to work: Some of the students from Windsor Girls' School who took part in a Work Ready Day at CA Technologies in Slough. PHOTO: ABI TURLEY 124414
YOUNG people are getting an insight into the business world thanks to the activities of companies in east Berkshire.
CA Technologies, Mars, UCB and AkzoNobel have taken the lead this summer and introduced Work Ready Days and Work Inspiration Weeks to their businesses as they seek to inspire the next generation of potential employees.
In conjunction with East Berkshire Education Business Partnership (EBEBP), which is renaming and evolving into Learning To Work in September, the companies have given students the chance to improve their employability.
The 140 students from Windsor Girls' School who joined forces with CA Technologies in Slough took part in workshops, team building events and group sessions.
After the event the EBEBP evaluations showed that the girls gained a great deal from the day, with 86% saying they felt more motivated about the world of work, 76% feeling they benefited from working with a range of different people and 70% saying they were better able to understand the importance of communication and other employability skills in the workplace.
It also found 100% said that being off-site, dressing for business and attending the event as delegates allowed them to feel the part and that it was a great experience.
All the girls took part in a competition where they had to take an everyday item and show how it could be improved with technology.
The winning team - Aleena Akhter, Anouch Baig, Thehreem Farooq,
Caroline Basra, Sarah Britton and Farah Haroon - will be invited back to CA to shadow and take lunch with the senior management team.
Nancy Lalor, head of work-based learning at EBEBP: said: "Helping young people in developing that vital employability know-how is paramount if we want a committed, motivated workforce of tomorrow equipped with the skills and qualities employers need."
Businesses wanting to get involved by running a Work Ready Day or Work Inspiration Week should contact either Nancy Lalor or Rachel Keely at the Education Business Partnership on either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01753 502384.