Interserve Press Office | Jul 03, 2013
Interserve, the international support services and construction group, has been working in partnership with 230 students from Kingsbury School and Sports College in Erdington on a range of events with the aim of inspiring young people to take up careers in business.
Fajli Bibi, Interserve's Social Sustainability Director, brought together representatives from Interserve's RMD Kwikform, Construction and Site Services divisions to help deliver the activities.
Alongside Business in the Community (BITC) Interserve has worked with Kingsbury to forge closer links between education and business. Last week saw the whole school collapse its normal timetable for a day to allow students to take part in activities to enrich their learning and develop their employability and citizenship skills.
As part of the day, 28 students visited Jaguar Land Rover's new Engine Manufacturing Centre at the i54 South Staffordshire business park near Wolverhampton, currently being built by Interserve. While there they had a tour of the site with Mark Green, Interserve's Project Manager and Tony O'Callaghan, Education Business Partnership Manager of Wolverhampton City Council. They also visited the Education Business Partnership Centre where took part in a 'guess my job' activity with Interserve employees. The visit raised students' awareness of the diverse range of jobs and careers within the sector.
Students visited the Interserve Site Services Waste Recycling Plant and RMD Kwikform offices, both in Aldridge. They had a tour of the plant with Divisional Director Eric Handford and Site Manager Adrian Green, learning about the importance of sustainability and the need to have a positive impact on the environment, as well as the business benefits of recycling. The students also visited the RMD Kwikform, where they learnt about the company and its range of career opportunities from Ian Fryer, Engineering Director.
Back at school, many more students benefitted from advice and support from Interserve personnel. Bid Coordinator, Emily Langridge, is a popular visitor to Kingsbury where she has previously spoken to students about her journey as an apprentice with the company's bid management team. Emily was set the challenge of launching and leading an enterprise event with Year 10. The students picked up business skills through participating in a trading game based on the BP oil business. They pitted their wits against each other to trade oil, learning the basics of shares trading and how world events and news can impact prices. The winning team was the one who made the most money.
While half the year group were busy trading oil, the other half took part in a careers and education 'Question Time' event, organised BITC. Students quizzed a panel of guests, including Interserve personnel, supported by a range of visitors from industry and business. Questions asked were on the topic of employment, education and preparation for entering the world of work.
Fajli Bibi, Interserve's Social Sustainability Director, said: "We are committed to supporting and raising the aspirations of the next generation of learners. It was wonderful to see the young people engaged in variety of activities in different sectors and learn about multiplicity of career path within Interserve such as Civil Engineering, Project Management etc. I am delighted to hear that the young people had a wonderful time. I enjoyed presenting the certificates to the young Entrepreneurs, who were the winners of the Enterprise Game led by our young Apprentices Emily Langridge. Well done everyone for making a positive difference in our community".
Headteacher Catherine O'Driscoll said: "The event provided a range of fantastic opportunities for Kingsbury students to learn about industry, business and the world of work. It is only through the commitment of companies such as Interserve that schools are able to provide the breadth of careers advice and experience to students while at school. By meeting people 'on the job' and discussing pathways through industry, students see the wide variety of opportunities open to them as future employees."
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