Barking and Dagenham students given a taste of business

Display winners - All Saints Catholic School

Students from three of our borough’s schools have been given the chance to learn about business as part of a scheme to help young people gain valuable work experience.

The programme, called Insight into Management, is a five-day work placement where sixth form pupils are placed in organisations and must work in small teams to solve a specific problem.

More than 40 students took part in the scheme, which has been running since 2008, and their work was celebrated at a presentation event held at All Saints School and Technology College, Dagenham, which coincided with UK Employability Day – a day aimed at promoting the impact of businesses on local communities.

The programme is one of the initiatives carried out by the North East Consortium, a partnership between All Saints Catholic School and Technology College, Eastbrook Comprehensive School, Dagenham, and Robert Clack School of Science, Dagenham.

Cabinet Member for Educational Attainment and School Improvement, Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, presented awards and vouchers to students for the best presentation, best report, and best display stand.

‘Fantastic’ opportunities for young people in the borough

Students from Robert Clack School of Science, who worked at Aviva during the scheme, picked up the best presentation award, while All Saints Catholic School and Technology College pupils had success in with the best report and best display categories for their projects with Lansons and Barking Learning Centre.

Cllr Carpenter said: “It is fantastic to see young people in our borough being given opportunities like this to get real world experience in the workplace.

“Employers are constantly looking at ways people stand out from the crowd and schemes like this can only help improve the employability of our youngsters, while teaching them new skills to take forward into their everyday lives.”

Businesses involved in the Insight into Management scheme include Bouygues, Barking Learning Centre, Barking and Dagenham Library, Intu Lakeside, Lansons, Simply Business, Taylor Woodrow, and Aviva.

The scheme was organised by Trident, which coordinates work experience placements for more than 2,500 students across the borough each year.

A further 260 pupils completed short-term work experience opportunities during the same week.


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(Picture is of the best display winners. The students were Luke Wilson, Eimear Browne, Dylan Fitzpatrick, and Edward Lee Okadigbo, from All Saints Catholic School and Technology College, and worked with Barking Learning Centre.)