Swindon medical device company welcomes Academy pupils

By Ben Carey on 13 March, 2020

Swindon medical device manufacturer Beckton Dickinson recently welcomed 17 female year 10 pupils from Swindon Academy to meet women working in science and engineering.

The partnership between Swindon Academy and Beckton Dickinson is an example of an initiative called the ‘Enterprise Adviser Network’ run by the Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub.

The Careers Hub recruits leaders in business and matches them with a local school or college to provide a long-term relationship between education and the world of business. These Enterprise Advisers (EAs) then work alongside the school to develop everything from pupils’ interview skills to experience days.

The partnership is fostered between Jessica Cook, Swindon Academy Careers Officer, and Helen Hewlett, HR Manager for Beckton Dickinson. 

Helen said, “What we are doing with these students is giving them the full experience of different areas within our business. They are seeing engineering services, microbiology and more.  It’s a really rewarding experience seeing students get excited about our business. 

Jessica added, “Having Helen means we’ve got someone who we can go to for advice on how we should steer our careers programme so it is best for employers as well as the young people that we are supporting.

“It’s been really important that the pupils have been led in each activity by female leaders.  What it means is that they can see female role models within science and tech.  Just to have a role model that’s female and that’s working within a STEM subject is really important and inspirational for young girls aspiring to work in these industries.”

The Enterprise Advisor network is run by Auriel Chandarana at Swindon Borough Council. 

She said, “It’s important for pupils to understand what employers need but at the same time develop their skills and let them learn and understand the journey of what they would like to do in the future.”

In Swindon there are now 21 Enterprise Advisors working with 23 schools and colleges in the area. Ideally each school or college will have two EAs that help each school build better links with business. 

To become an EA visit www.becomeanea.com or email AChandarana@swindon.gov.uk