Industry speakers for school and college students
Our motivation and information careers sessions for school and college students (14-18 years) are led by volunteer speakers from the food, drink and retail industry. Our sessions are fun, participative, informative and free of charge. They give students:
- an insight into the career journeys of individuals employed in all disciplines and at all levels of business
- the chance to explore the diverse employment opportunities available in the food, drink and retail industry
- an understanding of what they need to make themsleves ready for employment
- the confidence to take control of their own future and realise their full potential
>The impact of our sessions on students.
>How our programmes help colleges deliver the Gatsby Benchmarks.
How our motivation and information sessions work
Sessions are two-hours long and groups of 50 (minimum) to over 100 students aged 14-18 years can take part. All colleges need to do is book a room and get students there. We do ask that attendance is made compulsory and that there are at least two tutors present for the whole session to encourage active participation. The format of a typical session is as follows:
One of our volunteer speakers will welcome students to the session, outline the format and introduce the other speakers.
2 Industry speaker talks
Our speakers – who come from all disciplines and levels in a company – have 10-15 minutes to tell their career journey from the age of 16 onwards. This is their chance to give the advice they wish they’d had when they were younger that would have helped and inspired them to succeed in their career.
We ask our speakers to:
- highlight key stages of their career journey and talk about decisions they’ve made along the way or things they might have done differently
- talk about any challenges they’ve faced and how they’ve overcome them
- outline what employers are looking for in college leavers and graduates today
- incorporate the Working Options five principles for success into their talks – excellent work standards, networking, perseverance, hard work and positive thinking.
3 Q & A
Talks are followed by a Q & A session where students can delve deeper into speaker’s careers.
Time for students and speakers to move around the room and network freely.
At the end of the session, we ask all students, tutors and speakers to fill in a feedback form. This helps us to understand the impact of our sessions and to make any improvements needed.