The Adopt a School Pilot, the story so far21/11/16
The Adopt a School Pilot, the story so far
The North School was approached by the IGD a research and training charity back in the spring with the opportunity to get involved in the Adopt a School Pilot, the aim being an opportunity for companies and schools to trial out different initiatives and build impactful relationships which help students develop employability skills. The local company the school has been adopted by is Premier Food. They have thirteen different sites one being based in Ashford where their factory produces a range of dry food products such as Batchelor’s Cup-a-Soups.
The initial session agreed upon was to work with a group of Year 10 students supporting them with the writing of their CV and interview techniques. Premier Foods brought a team from their Human Resources Department to run a morning session, students were encouraged to engage in a number of activities getting them to think about themselves, their skills and abilities and how these impact on the interview process.
More recently the Innovations Team based at Ashford have started working with our year 13 Business Studies students, the team came into the school and gave a very detailed presentation on how the company reacts to competitors in terms of market research, innovation, product development and launch of new lines. Students where then given a business challenge to work on based around how they would react in such a situation and the process they would undertake to launch their own new product. The team return to the School along with representative from the IGD in December where the students will present their ideas, they will be judged on the marketing process they followed and the new product idea.
The feedback from all involved in these initial sessions has been extremely positive and we look forward to continuing its success in developing more opportunities.