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King’s Lynn Academy students learn about the skills they need to go into the workplace

PUBLISHED: 06:30 08 October 2015

Students at the King's Lynn Academy took part in a careers event, with them getting the chance to question people in involved in the Institute of Grocery Distributors - Fiona Brigden from SIlverspoon talks to students. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Students at the King's Lynn Academy took part in a careers event, with them getting the chance to question people in involved in the Institute of Grocery Distributors - Fiona Brigden from SIlverspoon talks to students. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Year nine King’s Lynn Academy students were given an insight into the world of work at a careers event yesterday.

Students at the King's Lynn Academy took part in a careers event, with them getting the chance to question people in involved in the Institute of Grocery Distributors. Picture: Matthew Usher.Students at the King's Lynn Academy took part in a careers event, with them getting the chance to question people in involved in the Institute of Grocery Distributors. Picture: Matthew Usher.

As part of a national program, leading staff from the food industry worked with 30 pupils in activities structured around communication skills and school subjects.

Volunteers included Steve Spencer, financial controller at AMP Beef, Fiona Brigden, senior SHEQ compliance manager at The Silverspoon Company, Carl Pryke, operations manager at Dairy Crest, Hayley Smith, regional manager at ASDA and Katy Killen, customer service administrator at IGD.

Petrina De Gouttes, programme officer at Future First, said: “It’s great to give young people the opportunity to learn about what the world of work looks like and how they are being prepared for that in school.”

Laura Mcneil, Enterprise manager, said: “It’s extremely valuable, it brings to life what they are doing in the classroom. It brings that relevance of those skills going into the workplace.”

Students at the King's Lynn Academy took part in a careers event, with them getting the chance to question people in involved in the Institute of Grocery Distributors - Katy Killen from IGD, talks to students. Picture: Matthew Usher.Students at the King's Lynn Academy took part in a careers event, with them getting the chance to question people in involved in the Institute of Grocery Distributors - Katy Killen from IGD, talks to students. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Maisie Hancock, 13, said: “I learnt about what to expect when you go into an interview and the first good impression.”

Ellie Meads, 13, added: “I learnt about the food industry and about people’s roles and their jobs. It was great because you could see that you don’t need everything to be able to the things you want.”


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