Business in the Community recently held a Question Time-themed event where more than 200 pupils from 20+ schools were given the chance to quiz representatives from local businesses and our very own Andy Cornaby, Head of Business Development (Midlands), was in attendance at their session in Walsall.
Andy was invited by Walsall Housing Group, whom we work with, to support the opportunity and interact with young adults in education who are looking to expand their business knowledge. On his attendance, Andy said: “These youngsters are talented individuals with fresh and vibrant entrepreneurial skills and they are, potentially, the business leaders of the future. It was a great opportunity to engage with them and share my knowledge and experience with them to prepare them for their journey ahead.”
Andy was faced with an audience of 60 students, years 10-13, from various schools in the Walsall area who are currently engaging in business studies with a view to progressing to an apprenticeship or university. Whilst they may not have much experience in construction, they certainly came armed with questions that are very relevant to the industry today such as:
Do you get much interest from women to join the construction industry and how do you ensure women are not discriminated against?
How do you make sure you operate ethically in the housing sector?
What are the core values of your business?
How do you support and encourage those looking for a career in construction?
Axis is committed to giving back to the community and we understand the importance of encouraging and nurturing young talent, which is why we are always delighted to be invited to events like this. Community and Development are just two of our values and we show commitment to both through our various annual Apprenticeships that are offered to those who live in the areas we work in.
Feedback from the students on the event was very positive*:
100% thought this activity has helped them improve in developing a positive attitude
86% thought this activity has helped in developing their self-management skills
81% thought this activity has helped in developing their team-working skills
100% thought this activity has helped in giving them better business and/or customer awareness
76% thought this activity has helped in developing their communication and literacy skills
*42 questionnaires were completed