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.
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.