Business volunteers express sense of reward following schools careers events

Business volunteers express sense of reward following schools careers events

16 May 2022

Businesses have raved about the rewarding experiences they’ve felt for directly being able to help raise awareness about careers with local secondary school students through the Silverstone Park Schools Programme.

The programme (#SPSP) has attracted around 30 business volunteers for its return in 2022 following an enforced break during the heigh of the Covid pandemic.

Recently, the volunteers took part in three career pathways events with more than 600 Year 7 and Year 8 students at The Buckingham School, Kingsthorpe College in Northampton and Sponne School in Towcester.

This included speed networking, Q&A sessions based around individual career paths and masterclasses in a variety of skills. Much of the activity leans towards STEAM-orientated career opportunities…

All three schools were quick to praise the positive impact the events had on their students, with many becoming excited by types of careers of which they had no previous knowledge.

Now that sense of reward has been mirrored by the volunteers in their feedback.

Below is what some of them have had to say. Meanwhile, to become one of the programme’s business volunteers, please email ruth.williams@mepc.com

Oliver Sulley, Co-Founder, Edge Tech
“Edge Tech are always looking at ways to give back to the local community, and when we were approached about offering advice to the younger generation we couldn’t say no!

“Helping young people understand the different options ahead of them really opens our eyes to just how much the world of work has changed, even in the past five years, and if we can even help motivate one child to do something they otherwise wouldn’t have, well that makes it all worth it.”

Jule Schulte, Partnerships & Engagement Manager, Enovation Consulting
“Having had their education affected by Covid as much as these students have, it’s more important than ever to not only provide them with the opportunity to participate in engaging activities that align with their curriculum, but also encourage them to develop passions and interests that can eventually take them beyond the realms of their school career.

“Our STEM workshop, as well as all other workshops and speed networking sessions delivered allowed the students to catch a glimpse of what career opportunities lie within the world of motorsport and technology – whether they choose to work in this industry in the future or not.”

David Curran, Services Director, Fibonacci
“I come from a time – not so long ago – when technology wasn’t a school subject. Today, students enjoy a myriad of vocational directions available.

“Data is a subject often seen as a bit dull; however, it affects these students’ lives more than any generation in the history of our species.

“I hoped to spark an enthusiasm for the subject, through a ‘Whodunit?’ style practical exercise, showing the opportunities available in the industry.”

Deborah Wiggins, Head of Marketing, Ducati UK
“We attended the Sponne School event and ran an activity, getting pupils to design a colour scheme for a Ducati Panigale V4 motorcycle; the amount of detail and enthusiasm shown by the pupils was outstanding, and four prizes were awarded.

“The MD, Fabrizio Cazzoli, and I took part in the career speed networking, getting to talk to the pupils about their ambitions and hopefully inspiring them to consider STEM careers.

“Fabrizio ended the day with a presentation on Ducati and our values of ‘Style, Sophistication, Performance and Trust’.”

Pim van Baarsen, CEO, Silverstone Technology Cluster
“It’s really important to increase awareness not only with students but also the schools about the opportunities in the area, so we’ve been keen to work alongside our members to convey that message.

“The more we can inspire and encourage youngsters to take up these career paths the better.”

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