The Year 10 students, who have just recently completed their secondary mentoring programme, spent the day finding out more about the support that Midland Heart provides to over 70,000 people living in the West Midlands. A team of 9 staff were involved and supported the students by delivering presentations around their role.
Throughout the course of the day, Midland Heart’s staff explained the varied nature of the world of work, and how their different roles contributed to the overall success of the organisation. Tian Currie, marketing communications co-ordinator, explained her responsibilities working alongside other members of the marketing team, and facilities administration assistant, Eesha Ashley, spoke about no one day is the same in her current role.
The overall message that the students took away from the day is that working hard at school, and grasping opportunities as they present themselves, will often lead you in directions that you never thought were possible.
The students also benefited from a tour of the head office and visited the finance, income, legal and customer services teams. Returning from their tour the students were given a task to design a recruitment poster, working in teams. Student, Omar Goal, commented that the most interesting part of the visit was: “The practical activity, because we incorporated our knowledge of Midland Heart into a poster”.
Business Link co-ordinator and Mosaic link teacher at Aston Manor Academy, Amandip Kang, said: “The visit gave students an insight into the different pathways in the world of employment. The staff from Midland Heart have been inspirational and allowed the students to become focused on their own goals and what they need to do to be successful, a truly invaluable experience”.
Janice Smith, strategy and business support director at Midland Heart added: “We recognise that businesses like us have a big part to play in inspiring the futures of our young people and communities. It’s great that our diverse workforce can share their work experiences and act as positive role models.”
Annalisa Lockett, Mosaic West Midlands lead regional manager added: “We have been working in partnership with Midland Heart for the past 2 years with students in a number of schools benefitting from being mentored by a Midland Heart member of staff. Today’s visit has completed and reinforced some of that learning and I am very grateful to everyone at Midland Heart who made this day possible”.
Mosaic’s World of Work visits are designed to expand students horizons, and increase their understanding of local employment opportunities by introducing them to all types of organisations.
Mosaic is looking for more organisations in the West Midlands to host these – for more information please email: Annalisa.firstname.lastname@example.org.