Langstone LEAP At The Opportunity Created on 05/07/2011 09:41:00
Fasset Ltd, the facilities management company at Langstone Technology Park, Havant, has today welcomed students from the Portsmouth & South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership (EBP) LEAP initiative to the site for the fifth and final workshop.
The students and Principal of Havant Academy, alongside the LEAP organisers and Fasset business mentors.
Also in attendance were David Harris from Havant Borough Council’s Economic Development Team; the Major and Majoress of Havant who came to meet the students, listen to their presentations and find out more about how the programme has developed over the last few months.
Learning, Excel, Aspire Programme (LEAP) was launched in April 2011 with the objective of bringing business and education closer to promote work skills, consider employability and improve general self esteem through a series of interactive workshops. They approached Fasset to be part of the pilot scheme and hope to attract more businesses in the future.
The Fasset participants (all of whom volunteered to take part) acted as business mentors for the entirety of the project. The team included the Managing Director, Finance Director, Human Resources Manager, a representative from the Engineering Team, Finance Manager, Key Account Manager, Service Delivery Team Manager and Business Excellence Manager. EBP matched Fasset with students from the nearby Havant Academy and the business mentors were allocated teams of four to work with for the duration. The students (aged 14yrs) were encouraged to learn new skills such as effective presentation and communication through interactive and realistic work scenarios; and how much they got from the whole experience was very much determined by them.
The programme was designed to be engaging, challenging and fun, in order for the students to progress and develop to maximum effect. Debbie Jenkins, HR Manager at Fasset was the facilitator on the business side, “I think in the end we all got more out of this experience that we could possibly have anticipated. This was a substantial investment for Fasset but well worth it in our opinion. As a team we found that we had to think outside of the box to devise projects and situations that were engaging, relevant and interesting to an audience who we were not used to dealing with within a normal business environment. The workshops definitely got progressively more rewarding as relationships within the groups strengthened and communication opened up”.
Cath Longhurst, Chief Executive EBP is also really pleased with how the programme has been received by the student participants and feedback from Fasset: “I am delighted with the success of this project and that both the students and the staff from Fasset have gained so much from it. I hope this will encourage more companies to get involved with us on this initiative.”
For more information: www.portsmouthebp.co.uk