Following on from last year’s successful programme for Year 8 students, Education Business Partnership (EBP) have joined forces with Westcoast Ltd and Theale Green School to engage with and inspire both Year 8 and 10 students about jobs and roles in the technology sector.
Westcoast Ltd, one of the UK’s largest IT distributers are based in Theale and wanted to engage with their local secondary school to inspire young people about the technology sector, its importance to our future economy and the great job opportunities that the sector offers. EBP helped them develop a programme to benefit and appeal to Westcoast employees and local students.
May saw the exciting final of the two-day programme. Year 8 students immersed themselves in products and marketing, understanding the supply chain, job roles and skills and technology for the future. Year 10 students learnt more about the world of business, what it takes to be an entrepreneur, and how to develop and improve business planning and presentation skills.
Alex Tatham, Managing Director of Westcoast, said, “We absolutely loved working with EBP and Theale Green last year so I was determined to run the programme again. This year has been a great success for all involved and we were delighted to extend this opportunity to students in Year 10.”
One Year 8 student added, “I learnt lots of things, including the variety of jobs in the technology sector, how to sell my ideas and present and talk to a crowd.”
Jane Grunseid, Developing Skills Manager, commented, “it’s so important for young people to have these invaluable experiences with outside professionals, and learn what the world of work is like and what it involves. Employees are able to give something back to their local community, develop their skills and share their expertise and students really engage with fresh ideas and things they can relate to in the real world.”