On Tuesday, 8 students from the Politics, Economics, Business and Law Section attended a Leadership Symposium organised by the Working Options in Education charity. Working Options engage, inspire and motivate state educated sixth form students to realise their full potential and to consider employment opportunities in the food, drink and retail industry.
Our students had the privilege of receiving advice and inspiration from a host of premier public speakers, each boasting an impressive track record in their particular field. Our students had the benefit of listening to motivating presentations from Allan Leighton, Independent Chairman at Co-op, Alison Horner, Chief People Officer at Tesco, David Cheesewright, President and CEO of Walmart International, Lord Mark Prince and five times Gold Paralympian, Hannah Cockroft MBE. Jeremy Thompson and Anna Botting from SKY News, presented the event.
Poppy Mercer, one of our Economics students appreciated the opportunity to gain from the advice of the guest speakers. She commented:
“It was an incredibly interesting day and I learnt a great deal. The experience will definitely help me with my future career prospects.”
Luke Flanagan, teacher of Politics accompanied the students on the trip. In his view, the trip was invaluable:
“As a college, we are always striving to offer our students opportunities that stretch their horizons. We believe it is vitally important to ensure that our students are aware of the prestigious careers that are on offer within our economy and importantly the skills that they will need to develop in order to access these positions.”
Lauren Monk, National Development Manager for Working Options commented:
“The main aim of Working Options sessions is to give the students an insight into the career journeys of successful people in the food, drink and retail industry. The primary aim for us an organisation is to raise the students’ self-esteem, confidence and aspirations, as well as showing them what skills employers are looking for.”
Matthew Andrew, another Economics student said:
“I really enjoyed the day and I have definitely come away inspired.”