Several students on our Employer Led Programme were invited to meet The Queen at the Siemens Gamesa factory in Hull this morning.
Director of Careers and Employability, Mrs Sarah Barley and Assistant Headteacher, Mr Barry Gray were invited along with six students to visit the Siemens Gamesa factory to discuss the programme. The invitation was sent in recognition of the progress that has been made on our Employer Led Programme, which has been running at South Hunsley School’s sixth form college for 2 years now.
The staff and students spoke with The Queen about the work that they had done on the project over the last 12 months and talked about the process involved. The Queen asked each person a question about the role they played in the build and SiemensGamesa involvement with South Hunsley. The Queen then was invited to watch a demonstration of the car being driven by Employer Led student, Josh and The Queen even joked about having to be a steady driver!
Siemens Gamesa joined our Employer Led Programme in 2015 and the partnership has grown stronger ever since. The company send out employees to mentor our students and teach them crucial employability skills needed for competitive job roles, apprenticeships and courses in the local area.
The programme has been hugely successful because of these links and as a result, will be launched at Malet Lambert School for Years 10 and 11 students in September 2018. Siemens Gamesa have announced that they will become primary partners for both trust schools.
Shane Nicholson, Head of Quality Management at Siemens, said “It is certainly a brilliant programme to be involved in. It teaches the youngsters a lot about teamwork and it’s good for us to be able to go out into the community and build relationships in this way. We’re able to share our knowledge and experience with these talented young people and it’s great to be able to help them overcome the engineering challenges they may be facing. The programme gives them valuable experiences for the future, particularly if they are looking for a job or apprenticeship in the industry. We are honoured and privileged to be sharing this experience with The Queen today”.
Sarah Barley, Director of Careers & Employability at The Education Alliance said “What a wonderful day for all students and staff involved. Myself, Sandy Loynd and the rest of the Siemens team spent hours working on the car each week and it was a real honour and privilege to be able to show The Queen the result of that hard work. We are really passionate about teaching our young people and achieving exceptional exam results but we also want our students to leave us with a wide range of employability skills to meet the needs of our local employers. Programmes like this really do help young people to become work ready but they also help our employers to attract, retain and engage with young talent early. I’m delighted with the progress that we have made here, particularly with the 60 other companies that run similar projects with us across our trust”.