We’ve 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.
Bringing together people from across our group – from Interserve’s RMD Kwikform to Construction and Site Services, and with the excellent help provided by Business in the Community (BITC) we are working to forge closer links between education and business.
So, recently we saw Kingsbury collapse its normal timetable for a day to allow its students to take part in activities to enrich their learning and develop their employability and citizenship skills.
In a packed day 28 students visited Jaguar Land Rover’s new Engine Manufacturing Centre at the i54 South Staffordshire business park near Wolverhampton, currently under construction by Interserve.
While there they had a tour of the site with Mark Green, our Project Manager on site and Tony O’Callaghan, Education Business Partnership Manager of Wolverhampton City Council. They also visited the Education Business Partnership Centre where they 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.
Further 20 students went to our Site Services Waste Recycling Plant and RMD Kwikform’s 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 learnt about what RMD Kwikform does and its range of career opportunities from Ian Fryer, Engineering Director and Mike Follett, Managing Director.
Apprenticeships in business
Back at school, many more students benefited from advice and support from more people working at Interserve. 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 took on the challenge of launching and leading an enterprise event with 160 Year 10 students.
Some students took part in a careers and education ‘Question Time’ event, organised BITC. Students quizzed a panel of guests, including Interserve personnel, James Miller and Terry McDonald, 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.
Career paths into business
The whole day underlined our commitment 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 paths within Interserve such as civil engineering, construction, project management and opportunities through alternative routes into employment, such as apprenticeships.