Students from Queens Park Primary School were recently invited spend time with Marks and Spencer at the company’s head office in London.
Under the expert guidance of five mentors, 18 lucky female primary school pupils and two teachers had an opportunity to take a look behind the scenes at the leading retail business. The students also participated in a series of informative and fun sessions themed around how a product moves from prototype to the store shelves.
Mosaic would like to thank Criterion Capital and the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery for their generous support of the primary school mentoring programme.
As part of the visit, the girls were given an opportunity to see the M&S boardroom as well as participate in a website workshop. They were also privileged to visit other parts of the business to see how the different departments work and integrate ranging from homeware and the food departments to kidswear and GM operations. The students and their teachers were given departmental overviews by M&S staff members who talked about their own roles within the company as well as being able to demonstrate products currently in development.
As well as finding out about the latest trends, the ins and outs of the retail supply chain and dealing with overseas suppliers, the students also heard about the fascinating history of M&S.
The girls gained valuable insight from their behind the scenes visit and as well as having lots of fun on the day, were given a rare glimpse into what makes M&S such a successful business.
M&S continues to be a keen supporter of Mosaic’s mentoring programmes having been involved now for five years and generously providing over 100 mentors who regularly participate in different schemes and activities.
Jiggy Sohi, a selling channel assistant with Marks and Spencer and a Mosaic mentor said: “After working with the girls on the primary mentoring programme, this was a great way to bring everything we’d spent time working on to life. They really did relish the opportunity and from a mentoring perspective there’s no greater reward than being able to inspire and excite the girls, show them what is possible with a good education. Giving them an insight into the size and diversity of our business in a fully operational working environment is something they’ll hopefully remember for a very long time.”
“In close partnership with Mosaic we have worked with the girls over a 10 week programme, building their confidence in key skills and understanding required for everyday life. In many cases, we have related this back to our day jobs and where we work, so this visit helps to complete the cycle and show the girls what the final outcome looks like.”
Queens Park teacher Chinar Mohammed said: “The mentors from M&S have been amazing and the girls have learned so much during the ten-week long programme. To be able to transfer this knowledge to the workplace has been fascinating and really helps to complete the whole process for the girls, as it has helped them to realise what they have been talking about in school is really happening in the wider world. They asked lots of questions and were inspired by seeing all their mentors in their everyday work environments and enjoyed having a look at the M&S boardroom. This has been a wonderful experience for them and one that will no doubt leave a long-lasting impression as they decide what they want to do in their future lives.”
Mosaic would like to thank everyone at Marks and Spencer who helped to make the day such a resounding success and to our volunteer mentors who supported the students on the day as well as throughout the programme.