High school and college students gained valuable work experience when they took on a range of roles to make sure the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network’s Bridging The Gap conference ran smoothly.
Attended by 200 delegates from schools and businesses, the conference looked at how businesses and schools are working together and how those relationships can be strengthened.
To ensure that young people were at the core of the event, the organisers were helped by 11 students from Wymondham College, Taverham High School, Archbishop Sancroft High School, Litcham High School and Stour Valley Community School.
The students applied for the places and were interviewed by the Enterprise Adviser Network’s team before being chosen to take part. They were all given detailed briefs to follow for the day, covering roles including welcoming delegates at the reception desk, photography and introducing the speakers on stage.
Melvyn Ruff, Programme Lead for the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network, said: “This was a great experience for these students. From preparing for an interview to turning up at 7am, it certainly gave them a taste of the world of event management.
“Many delegates commented on how impressive they all were – confident, friendly and all working really hard to make sure that the attendees had an enjoyable experience.
“It was great to be able to involve them in the event and to help them to gain some really valuable work experience.”
Ellen Flower, a year 13 student at Taverham High School who helped at the event, said: “I really enjoyed the conference as I had the opportunity to work with some fantastic student volunteers and to network with some interesting people from both education and business. It was both challenging and interesting – I was pleased to be able to contribute to a conference which had an aim that really resonated with my own beliefs about the importance of providing young people with experiences that can inspire them and raise their aspirations.”
Ben Wilson, a year nine student from Litcham High School who volunteered for the day, said: “There were opportunities to learn throughout this process, from applying and being interviewed to the day itself…I had no idea how these events were organised, nor had I realised how much I can do already in these situations.”
The Bridging The Gap conference took place at Center Parcs, Elveden, on 15 March. Keynote speakers included Claudia Harris from the Careers and Enterprise Company, Chris Starkie, Chief Executive of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and Craig D’Cunha, Principal of Chantry Academy.
The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network recruits senior business leaders to work voluntarily with schools, supporting them to develop and enhance their business engagement plans.
To find out more about the Enterprise Adviser Network, click here.