Mars Employees deliver Skills for Life sessions across Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead
Volunteers from Mars Chocolate in Slough have been visiting schools across the area to deliver Skills for Life sessions to pupils. The sessions, organised by East Berkshire Education Business Partnership (EBP), are designed to help pupils develop their skills as they prepare for work experience and life after school and gives them advice on areas that they wouldn’t normally learn in the classroom.
Twelve Mars employees delivered the sessions that included Interview techniques, working with people, Dress and Impress, Customer Service and Health and Safety. Sessions were delivered at the following local schools: Westgate, Slough and Eton, Windsor Girls and Altwood.
The Mars volunteers designed their sessions and they could use any creative ideas they liked to appeal to the pupils and make the sessions as interactive as possible. The EBP were on hand for advice and support. Over the course of June 500 pupils benefited.
The teams were out as part of the Mars Volunteer Programme (MVP) focus month that runs for the whole of June. The focus month aims to raise awareness of the programme and give employees the opportunity to give back to the local community and to participate during a focused timeframe.
The overall Mars in the Community programme is an integral part of Mars’ business strategy. MVP is one part of this programme, which provides opportunities for employees to reflect the values and principles of Mars, inspiring them to give back to local causes and gain a sense of pride for our business and the communities, which it supports.
Sarah Burbidge, from the Commercial team at Mars who delivered sessions on Dress and Impress commented: ‘The pupils were really interested in what we were talking about and I really think they took a lot from the sessions. It is great that we can give back the community in ways such as this, very rewarding.’
Karen Green, Enterprise Enrichment Officer at Westgate School Commented: ‘Skills for Life sessions are invaluable for the pupils, it is often the first time our Year 10s come face to face with people from industry and it really helps them prepare for their work experience to hear from and engage with professionals.’