Even at my advanced age, it’s great to learn from something new and different. I’m totally enjoying a brand new experience this week. I’ve had the opportunity to offer one-to-one interviews for all Year 9 pupils at Queen Mary’s High School. My harsh preconception was an elite school full of entitled clever-clogs. What a learning curve I’ve had. Every single pupil has been a delight and the exact opposite of my perceived stereotype. They are the most humble, lovely young people you could wish to meet. They have been keen to discuss career options and are comfortable doing the research required to find the the right job for them. To be honest, I’d employ the lot of them right now.
Some noticed my business badge and ended up interviewing me! These are thirteen/fourteen year olds. It’s character-building to be on the receiving end, especially when it’s done with such warmth, intelligence and humour.
The school’s organisation has been spot-on too. What an incredible learning place.
Local companies should be aware we’ve got some future Engineers, IT Technicians and Construction Managers here.
We had a brilliant day with Jayne Green and Des Tong at the RTS Challenge at Aldridge School. The pupils learned about careers in the Media industry, developed their transferable skills and created and presented a pitch for a TV programme.
Des Tong judges the pitches and chose the winners to go forward to the regional final. The winners there will have their programme idea actually made for broadcast on City TV.
City TV is being launched in September and will be found on Channel 8 of Freeview. Tune in!
Des is also bass player for Sad Cafe, a huge band from the Eighties who still perform to old and new fans. He also gave us a solo rendition of a Nile Rodgers bass line (from Chic). Google them if you’re too young to get the reference!
The pupils were superb and came up with a range of worthy ideas. I’m looking forward to the next one at St Francis of Assisi School on 30th April.
What a great day with Aldridge School Year 10 pupils today. They did a range of skills development activities which included writing a CV, a Letter of Application and inventing and presenting a new business.
There was a lot of facing fears as well as creativity and presenting skills on show.
Business supporters attending the event as facilitators and judges were: Jacqui Pountney MBE, Richard Scott and Sue Bedward of Space2focus. They interacted with the pupils, helped develop their ideas and had the tough job of choosing the eventual winners.
Rachael and Jo from InComm Training came in to give talk on Apprenticeships and how to apply as well as discussing employability skills.
I’ll be using the experience of working with Year 10 when I start their Careers interviews in a couple of weeks’ time.
Richard Scott, Jacqui Pountney MBE and Sue Bedward of Space2focus on the judging panel
I had an excellent day with Cheslyn Hay High School Year 9s. The school is very big on giving pupils the opportunity to develop their business and social skills.
The pupils did an Intelligence Quiz and a mini-challenge to create an art installation to demonstrate the future of Cheslyn Hay. We then gave them a budget of £100k to develop any part of town into a Social Enterprise Business.
All pupils came up with great ideas and then presented them to a judging panel made up of local business representatives: Peter Cadman, Julie Lee and Tracey Wellings.There was a lot of ‘facing your fears’ as the pupils stood out front with a microphone in their hands and we ended up with fourteen superb presentations.
Young people developing the skills they’ll need for future success.
I’ll be back to see them again next year in Year 10!
I’m pleased to announce that Education Business Ltd has gained the national Matrix Quality Award for providing Information, Advice and Guidance to young people in schools. We passed the rigorous assessment process and look forward to continuing our work in local schools
EBS Ltd gains Matrix Accreditation for Careers Information, Advice and Guidance
A great day at Blue Coat Academy with their Year 9 pupils today. We got them to use design skills to create their own ideas from K’nex kits. They only had half an hour and it was wonderful too see what they came up with.
Employers want more kids to have experience and knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths so I would suggest they get more involved in school-based projects to give first-hand information and advice to our young people.
There was so much talent on show today that it was inspiring and gave me great hope for the future.
It’s great doing Careers Interviews at Aldridge School. Putting young people on the right path is a great feeling, even if it’s just printing out some qualification or Apprenticeship information they didn’t know.
I also bring local business people in to give careers advice talks direct to pupils who have chosen that career path. At Aldridge School we are a village raising a child.