At the beginning of the 2015/16 academic year 10 students studying at Stewards Academy in Harlow were identified as individuals who would benefit from mentoring support as they embark on their GCSEs and make important decisions regarding their futures.
Abbie, Ben, Craig and Charlie were among 10 students from Stewards Academy in Harlow who enjoyed a week long work experience placement at the airport during May 2016.
Some of our Work Experience students met up with Strictly Come Dancing star Anton du Beke and our Education Co-ordinator, Joanne Davies at one of the on-airport events.
Farrah Ahmed, Stansted’s Customer Experience Manager, tells us of her experience…
When you are asked to volunteer you never really know what you are putting yourself up for! But I was happy to raise my hand to offer help to a local school or college working with students on a business idea. It’s a great opportunity to further develop my coaching skills and give something back to the community.
So plans were made and I was off to meet a group of 15 to 16 year old boys who have been tasked with setting up a business to make cash to fund a further project. An excitable and energetic group lead by Tom, after introductions of the team they set to task of updating me with their ideas. Over the weeks they learnt to bond and communicate with each other the plan and design while I constantly challenged them constructively to ensure they had considered the market for their product along with profit and cost.
A valuable experience for me, the key highlights were supporting the team for their winter trade fare in Ware, watching them in action pitch and sell goods they had designed and produced. A few awards were up for grabs, the team managed to bag an award for best Customer Service, result! There first real business venture being a success and making money. Key question: Would I do it again? yes I would.
Would they do it again? Let’s ask…
“Being part let alone being MD has been such a great experience. We all learned so much, how to work with our peers and be productive in teams. As leader I learned a lot about how to motivate the team and how to approach and execute decisions. We sold out all our stock of Christmas cards at Ware trade fair and within our school. On behalf of Zephyr, we would like to thanks Farrah Ahmed for her huge contribution to the organisation and guidance she volunteered to the team, we couldn’t have succeeded without her, and would love to do it all over again.”
All in all a job well done!
Students Quiz Airport Professionals
‘What’s my job?’, was the question posed to students when airport staff attended a careers day at Helena Romanes School in Great Dunmow last month.
The event, held on December 1, gave Year 10 Business Studies students the chance to meet airport employees to find out what working at an airport is really like.
Joanne Davies, Stansted Airport’s Education Coordinator, said:
“‘What’s my Job?’ gives students’ an insight into the various professions available at the airport. They meet staff face to face and get to understand what skills are needed at work and what it takes to achieve at this level. Stansted is the biggest single site employer in the East of England and there are so many opportunities open to young people once they leave education. There’s a great community spirit among the staff at Stansted and the majority are local people.”
Staff taking part included a security officer, HR manager, international sales manager and environmental data analyst. Pupils had to guess what job each of the business people did for a living. Once revealed, the visitors told the students about their education, qualifications, career and what is involved in doing the job.
Lee Cooke, Head of Vocational Studies at Helena Romanes School, said:
“Students said they learnt lots about the employment opportunities at the airport and were motivated to know they had such a range of opportunities so close to them for future employment.”
Taking part in the initiative was Student Tegan Abbs, who said:
“It was really interesting. We had to find specific questions to get the right answer, but it helped us to broaden our ideas on job prospects.”