Year 8 Preparation for Employment
As part of the school’s PSHEE Programme, Year 8 students visited various employers on Wednesday, 25 April 2018 to find out about the range of careers and roles available in a variety of businesses. Students were given a mini-insight into the workings of the different industries; most were given tours and great discussion opportunities and some even came away with some great freebies!
Guildhall Museum – 8A and 8C
Lucy sent this report:
‘8A and 8C shared the Preparation for Employment trip to Guildhall Museum; which began with a 45 minute talk from some of the employees from the heritage site, also in charge of others in the local area such as Rochester Castle, Upnor Castle and Eastgate House. We were also told some interesting facts about Guildhall, which in 1687 was first used as a courtroom then in 1979 moved location to the current place of the Museum.
Following this, we were given the opportunity to ask multiple questions about either specific careers or the sector of heritage in the job market. We learnt about jobs that we did not think would be in a heritage workplace. Such as an illustrator, fundraiser and an archaeologist as well as some we already knew such as the archivist. One question asked was “What degree would be useful to have to become an archivist?” The answer was extremely helpful, “Although the subject of your first degree often doesn’t matter many have degrees in History, Law, Classics and English”.
After the talk, which featured a woman who had been an archaeologist since university and a man who opened our eyes to the reality that he sort of fell into his job role, although he never knew that it was what he wanted; he has now been climbing the promotional ladder, in the same environment for 20 years.
For the last hour of the trip, we explored the museum, reading the information and taking part in many interactive activities. We all had a thorough, rounded experience of what our lives could be in a new area which none of us had thought of previously.’
Hilton Hotel – 8G
Erin, Amy, Grace and Jess sent this report:
‘On Wednesday, 25 April 8G visited the Hilton hotel for our ‘Preparation for Employment’ trip. When we got there we had a talk about the Hospitality Industry as a whole with the Human Resources Manager, and watched a short video telling us the story of Conrad Hilton, the founder. Next, we took a short tour of the hotel: we looked in the huge rooms, the gym and pool, the restaurant, staff areas and business rooms. The bathrooms are so big 11 of us could fit inside!
Following the tour three people from our form had the chance to experience what it’s really like being either on the Sales Team, Events Planning Team or Reception. We also met with food and beverage apprentices and were able to ask questions to every member of staff we met.
Meanwhile, the rest of the group spent time in a conference room enjoying a range of different activities, including: mock tail making, team building and napkin folding in a variety of styles, suiting the range of events the Hotel hosts. At the end of the session we were able to ask the General Manager any questions we had. This trip was really interesting and it gave us a valuable insight into the world of working in the hospitality and tourism industry.
Thank you to Miss Mason and Miss Poulter for organising the trip, and for Mrs Hare and Mrs McGivern for looking after us on the day.’
Maidstone Museum – 8T
Terrena sent this report:
‘On Wednesday morning, 8T walked down to Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery, and were greeted by Rosalind Meredith the Learning and Education Officer. We were led into a meeting room where five of the employees, all with different job roles, explained to us how they came to work at the museum, what skills and qualifications they are require to have hoping their jobs. We were surprised to hear that only one of the five speakers knew what they wanted to do when they were leaving school, and that it was something that they wanted to do their whole life. Most of the employees said that they had two to three careers in various different branches, such as catering, hospitality, archaeology, and teaching. We also enjoyed learning about what all of their different jobs entailed and how everyone worked closely together there to create the best possible experience for the public and the museum visitors. After the talks, we were allowed to explore Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery and learn about all of the various exhibitions form the Japanese Art Display, to the Egyptian Mummy, and Greek artefacts.’
Tesco, Grove Green – 8S
Hannah sent this report:
‘On Wednesday, 25 April 8S visited Grove Green Tesco’s for our Preparation for Employment trip. We had two Tesco employees split us into two groups of fifteen and one showed the first group around the warehouse and store, and the second group were given scenarios that could happen and then were asked how they would resolve them. After the groups were shown round, they were then taken to a checkout till and taught how to scan different types of items. Next, the two groups went through the different scenarios, we were given a popular time of year and we then had to create a tannoy that was advertising a product linked with that time of year. After this, our employees who had been showing us round or working with us brought us all into a room and answered all of the queries that we had. Overall, our employment trip to Tesco’s was very informative and everyone learnt a lot of things they did not already know.’
Pepenbury Charity – 8N
Amelie sent this report:
‘We went on a tour around the Pepenbury Charity site. First, we were told how it is utilised in the business, and were told lots of interesting information about what they do. Then we had a careers talk, where we discussed what it is like to work in the care industry, what jobs are available at Pepenbury, and the answers to many of our questions. We learnt that the ‘service users’ are supplied with many day services such as pottery, art, and gardening, but left to live an independent life within reason. We also learnt how care has improved in recent times, and that it is very fulfilling to see the residents that you have bonded with achieve things with your help. I asked what the best thing about working at Pepenbury was, and I was told that it was meeting new people and forming relationships with them. This trip was very inspiring, and I learnt a lot about working in the care industry.’
Tudor Park Hotel – 8V
Abigail, Nneoma, Loanne and Tihanna sent this report:
‘On Wednesday, 25 April we visited Tudor Park, Marriott hotel as part of the Year 8 preparation for employment day. We arrived and were taken to the meeting room facilities and they talked to us about different areas of the business.
First of all, they spoke about the history of Marriott. It was founded in 1927 by the Marriott family. Then they spoke to us about their mission, which is to be the world’s best hotel company. After that they took us through their 5 core values, which included ‘Embrace Challenges’ and ‘Always put the People First.’
During our time there, three people came in from different departments to share how they find working at Tudor Park. They also shared how they moved up the property ladder and have worked all over the world as a result of Marriott International.
Some of the questions we asked, together with the answers are detailed below:
What is the Gender pay gap?
They have a gap of about 3.5%
How many staff to they employ?
They have 127 members of staff.
What is the starting salary?
They start at the minimum wage.
Chilston Park Hotel – 8I
Jessica and Jess sent this report:
‘For our Preparation for Employment Trip 8I went to Chilston Park Hotel. As we entered the hotel we had a tour. During the tour we got to see how some of the bedrooms were decorated. We also got to learn about the history of the hotel. After that we had lunch and had a taster of some of the foods at the hotel: sandwiches and brownies: they were so nice and special mention to Victoria Ciszewska who ate 4, leaving none for Mr Perry! After, we had a talk about all the different jobs and individuals told us about their roles. There was the Wedding Organiser, Receptionists, Operations Manager, Food and Beverage manager, Housekeeping, Head Chef and the General Manager. During the day we learnt a lot of things such as: Hand Picked hotels was formed in 2001 and there are 20 other hotels throughout the UK and the Channel Islands. All of the people that worked at the hotel described it as a fun work environment. They explained how their jobs worked and what they did every day. They also talked about what qualifications or experience was required for their job and how they got to where they are today. This was very interesting. Finally, they explained why we should have a career in hospitality. There were a lot of good reasons and they answered our questions and were very helpful.’