On Friday 8th November, three students from FE attended and took part in a speed networking event at Leicester Racecourse. At the event there was representation from over 100 businesses across a variety of industries, as well as in excess of 300 students from Leicester City and Leicestershire.
On the day, each table had designated employers sitting opposite the students and when the bell rang, the employers had three minutes to discuss their industries and the students had the opportunity to ask any questions and gain as much information as possible before the time was up and the next employer moved across. The three Ash Field students met, spoke and networked with over 15 employers each, growing in confidence as the day progressed.
Not only did the students find the experience interesting, it also opened their eyes to the number of jobs and industries that are out there;
“As if it’s someone’s job to make colours for ice-cream and Maccy’s cheese yellow!?!”
The three Ash Field students devised and asked questions that were challenging to the employers;
“Have you signed up to the Disability Confident Employer Scheme?”
“Do you currently employ anyone in a wheelchair?”
Also asking questions to gain an insight into the company and the skills required for the roles
“What does a typical day/week look like in your role?”
“What soft skills are important to your role?”
The organisers were extremely happy that Ash Field pupils attended the event and the students left lasting impressions on the employers. Resulting in positive links that we will be looking into.
“I was speaking to one of your pupils who inspired me, if or when we get another project it may be suitable to obtain their advice and perspective on future designs prior to construction…I would be happy to discuss any possibility in assisting their future, or ours.”
“Meeting the pupils from Ash Field today really made me and us as a company think about our responsibility to young people and how we might need to make changes to offer a disabled wheelchair user a job within our company”
On Thursday 19th of September we welcomed Mark Esho in to meet pupils in F.E to talk about his journey into employment. Mark is an accomplished Entrepreneur and Author of the book “I can, I will”, which talks about how he overcame racism and disability.
Mark is passionate about supporting and empowering people with a disability to get into the workplace. So as part of our Careers and Enterprise Curriculum we asked him to talk to us about the companies he has set up and the barriers he faced and ultimately overcame.
Mark was treated to a tour of the school by one of our pupils, we then listened to his motivational speech about his journey and ultimate success. His determination to succeed resulted in him working for the charity Mosaic and this led him onto starting his own online property business. He now has several companies and has won numerous business awards both locally and Internationally.
The class had the opportunity to ask him some questions about his Entrepreneurship, the type of barriers he faced and how he overcame them. Two pupils then had the opportunity to deliver their What my disability means to me presentation for Mark.
“His talk made me think, its not as bad or as hard as I think it’s going to be. There is hope”
( Oliver )
“ It was a real eye opener, his determination and resilience was so inspiring”
“ The pleasure was all mine, it was enjoyable and humbling”
( Mark Esho)
“Curriculum Lead for Preparing for the future”
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