Over thirty representatives from local businesses, public services and armed forces supported a week of workshops and activities for the year 12 students of Samuel Ward Academy. The Challenge of Management makes the students aware of the skills necessary to be a good manager and also the challenges surrounding the work of a manager.
The week was introduced at Chilford Hall, giving the students an impressive first taste of a conference environment. The students then spent two days work shadowing a manager in the workplace and a day brushing up their presentation skills. The culmination was held at Ardex UK Ltd, where small groups of students presented their experiences of the week to a panel of employers.
Employers were overwhelmingly impressed by the quality of the students and their involvement in each activity. ‘What a super group of young men and ladies shortly to be released into the world of university and the workplace’ was one comment.
Thanks must go to the managers who gave up time to support the students during this week, with a special thanks to Ardex UK Ltd for sponsoring the event.