Earlier this year, Kingsbury High School hosted a workshop for Year 9 students facilitated by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) and Future First. The initiative, called Feeding Britain’s Future, provided students with an insight into the world of work, and supported them in thinking about the skills and strengths they are developing across their academic choices and how they connect to working life.
Volunteers from Greencore Food to Go, Compass Group, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose gave up their time to attend the two hour workshop at Kingsbury High.
Students were invited to guess the jobs of the volunteers by listening to and viewing clues; students then heard about the pathway the volunteers took to get to their chosen careers; and through a series of activities, students were able to look at their own transferable skills and the link between how the subjects they are studying at school can influence their future careers.
Ian Cadwell, Supermarket Assistant on Customer Service and Cheese and Delicatessen Specialist Trainee for Waitrose attended the workshop and said “I thought the workshop was fantastic, the students were very engaging and after initial hesitancy, which I assume were nerves, seemed to open up and asked more in depth questions about our jobs and how we got to where we are today. I remember having similar workshops and found them very beneficial in boosting my confidence and development.
“The students presented themselves in a manner that any employer would be looking for. They were polite, confident, and interested in listening about what we all had to say.
“I believe the workshop was a great benefit to the students. Their confidence had dramatically changed from when we first started. Even if the students do not want to go into Retail I’m sure the skills they learnt at the Workshop will be all great help.”
Year 9 student, Rilik Osmani, said “I enjoyed the workshop because it inspired me to reach for my goals and to push myself. It taught me that I have to try hard in all subjects, not just the ones I like, because situations can change easily. It also gave me an idea of what subjects you need for different jobs.
“We could all relate to the consumer goods volunteers as they told us about their lives as children and how they got to where they are now. Also, when I realised what amazing jobs some of the volunteers had, I had a picture of what I wanted to be in the future.”