A wonderful breakfast spread and some great networking meant this was going to be a good Chamber meeting.
President Andrew, welcomed all attendees at our new members Westfield Arts College site, whilst everyone enjoyed a beautifully presented breakfast with some very healthy options! The students did a terrific job helping everyone to drinks and handing more food to those who were keen to enjoy their early morning platter.
Andrew said after the meeting: ” A huge thank you to the staff and pupils of Westfield Arts College for laying on an excellent breakfast for our first networking event of 2018. The morning was a wonderful reminder that businesses are an integral part of our local economy, generating wealth and providing employment. I was inspired to hear of the College’s aspirations to develop a seafront hotel where students can learn the hospitality trade firsthand, and the Chamber is keen to do what it can to help move this project forward.”
Susie Jeffcott, team leader, from Westfield has attended several Chamber meetings and was enthusiastic in thanking everyone and stressed the importance of getting the business community involved in preparing the students for life. She explained the small business enterprises they had set up to acclimatise the students to the world of real work. The big project being to try to obtain support for the sourcing of an hotel site to run as a business employing many of the students. Susie said ” The students were buzzing, little Jess said it was amazing and she was so proud of herself, she loved every minute of it. Meeting with interested members went well and I am now asking the council about hotels available with 30 bedrooms!”
If you can play a valuable part in supporting the employability learning at Westfield please contact Sjeffcott@westfield.dorset.sch.uk or Lwootten@westfield,dorset.sch.uk.
Westfield Arts College is a special school in Weymouth for students with complex needs. Ages 4-19 yrs.
Liz from the College said:
“Can you enable our young adults (16-19) to conduct short interviews with yourself as a local employer? They are looking to find out from you what you do in your job and what employers may be looking for when recruiting young people.
The interview that you will be taking part in will inform a school publication ‘What Employers Want’ – a guide for young people looking for work and help us create a bank of short films exemplifying job roles. Sixth form students will be making these to use in learn about employment. Thereby having additional opportunity to absorb the information through delivering workshops within school to help younger students.
The interview that you will take part in will be conducted by two young people. During the interview one young person will ask questions, the other will take a recording using an ipad. The interview is likely to last for approximately 15 minutes. Please be aware that, whilst the young people conducting the interviews have had support to prepare for the interview they are not professional researchers. As this may be their first experience of research/conducting interviews, they are likely to be slightly apprehensive and nervous about interviewing you. We would really appreciate it if you could:
Be welcoming and encouraging to the young people.
Answer the young people’s questions in an honest, but sensitive manner.
Speak slowly and clearly and answer the questions as fully as possible.
Avoid the use of acronyms, jargon and complex language.
At the end of the interview the young people will give out a short feedback questionaire which would be most helpful for us.”
Photos courtesy of Rob Goodwin from Champagne Film