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Case Studies

  • “We want our young people to get MK jobs” – Councillor Khan

    Cllr Mohammed Khan, newly elected MK Councillor for Bletchley East Ward (Labour), where he has grown up, had a go at one-hour Career WorkOut recently in  Lord Grey School and Sir Herbert Leon Academy, where he was a pupil. “I enjoyed the company of the young people,” he said afterwards.  “They were engaged in listening and seemed really interested in what ...

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  • WorkOut Guest case study: Jenny Howells of MK Hospital

    Jenny Howells is Corporate Fundraising Officer for MK Hospital, attended Oakgrove School as a Career WorkOut guest on Thursday 12th November. “I went along to talk to students about my career path which is a little unusual,” she said.  “I’ve moved around a lot from one temporary contract to another until finding a job I love at the age of 27! “I ...

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  • Lisa Mantle, Solicitor and Commercial Property Partner at Howes Percival LLP

    Lisa Mantle, Solicitor and Commercial Property Partner at Howes Percival LLP (MK) took part in a one hour Career WorkOut as a guest at Walton High on the 31st of January 2017. “We sat in small groups of 3 students per guest. They had 7 minutes to ask questions of the guests and were given specific directions e.g. handshake, eye contact, ...

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  • I hoped my story would resonate with them – Gary Lincoln, TXM Group

    Gary Lincoln, Group Director for TXM Group, one of Worktree’s sponsors, recently attended a Career WorkOut at Stantonbury International School for 240 year 10 students. “This initiative is brilliant as it engages the students on their level” said Gary.  “What’s important to them is we answer honestly…What my working day looks like, Does my job require me to travel?  Do I ...

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  • Laura Batchelor, John Lewis – These are the ones we should try to inspire to change

    Laura Batchelor of John Lewis has worked at John Lewis Plc for 13 years, beginning as an HGV1 driver, working in Personnel for four years as a Development Coach and then as Catering Section Manager for six years. Today she manages two sites and is a Food Safety tutor. Recently Laura took part at a Career WorkOut ...

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  • Alan Cusdin, Head of Monitoring for Corporate & Commercial Risk, Santander

    Santander has pledged 100 hours to volunteering in ‘Career WorkOut’, a new scheme which encourages workers from all backgrounds to talk to young people in schools about their work. This puts Santander third in a new volunteering league table published by Worktree, MK’s leading employability education charity.  In September alone, 39 Santander staff signed up for 64 one-hour sessions. Alan Cusdin ...

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  • Paula and Hannah of Cranswick Convenience Foods taste Career WorkOut

    Paula Trafialek is Human Resources & Payroll Administrator at Cranswick Convenience Foods.  Recently she took part in a one-hour Career WorkOut session with Year 9 students (aged 13-14) at St Paul’s Catholic School. “It was encouraging to know that there are a lot of very keen young people out there,” she said afterwards.  “It made me think about the route I took ...

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  • David Ayres, Solutions Architect, BI Worldwide

    David Ayres, who joined BI Worldwide as a Solutions Architect in 2012, has been out talking with local school students about his work for the company.  In a one-hour ‘Career WorkOut’ session at Oakgrove School, David joined a circle of volunteer work guests from different companies in a carousel of 6-minute conversations in which student groups of 3-4 asked questions ...

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  • John Clarkson, Willmott Dixon Construction

    John Clarkson, who joined Willmott Dixon last year, has been out talking with local school students about his work for the company.  In a one-hour ‘Career WorkOut’ session at Oakgrove School, John joined a circle of volunteer work guests from different jobs in a carousel of 6-minute conversations in which student groups of 3-4 asked questions about his experiences of ...

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  • Dawn Clark, Senior Business Manager at Barclays

    I have attended several Worktree events including Career Workouts and found the hour spent with the students very rewarding and worthwhile. The students have been very keen to understand the opportunities of employment in the local area and asked very pertinent questions. The session really helps build their confidence and starts them thinking about skills needed for an interview and provides ideas ...

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