A Midlands based IT Company was invited by the Ahead Partnership to get involved with their Women in Industry day at Swanshurst School in Billesley in Birmingham.
Microsoft Gold Partner ACUTEC were delighted to participate in the event where women in business and industry gathered together to discuss their careers and experiences at the all girls’ school. Marketing Executive Amy Staniszewski, 24, spent the day with Years 8 and 9 pupils discussing her career progression and education. The school had arranged the day to give the pupils the opportunity to learn about possible career paths and options before choosing their GCSE subjects.
Amy commented: ‘It’s been great to be a part of the Women in Industry day. The pupils’ concerns were like mine at that age so I really hope that I have been able to answer some of their questions and give them more confidence when it comes to choosing their options.’
The Ahead Partnership is a non-profit organisation dedicated to connecting businesses and communities together to create social and economic change. The Women in Industry day was part of their Make the Grade programme in which young people are helped by professionals from businesses like ACUTEC to prepare them for the world of work.
At the event, groups of pupils would rotate between tables having 15 minute sessions with the visitors to the school. The pupils would ask questions such as why they chose the career that they did, who inspires them and if they had always planned to have the career they have now. While the sessions were in place for Years 8 and 9, Sixth Form students also came along to ask for advice and guidance in the next stages of their education.
Chris Roche, Managing Director of ACUTEC said: ‘I’m so glad that ACUTEC can get involved in a scheme like this. Being able to empower young people to see their full potential is a fantastic thing to be a part of.’