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Wilmott Dixon Enterprise day – What would be your ideal school!

Y10 Enterprise - Willmott Dixon

We have been very fortunate that Willmott Dixon agreed to deliver a second Enterprise day to the whole of Year 10 on Friday 14th July.
“The Willmott Dixon enterprise day is designed to encourage employability skills, whilst highlighting curriculum links to the construction industry”.

During the morning the groups completed 3 team building tasks and were awarded points not only for the result but also how well they communicated together and worked as a team. The points were then totalled and this was then used to work out their budget for the build of a new school.

Each group had to calculate how many classrooms they needed; receptions, staff rooms, sports facilities; swimming pool etc. They then used the costing sheets to calculate how much their school would cost. It was a very fraught day especially when disaster struck at lunchtime and they had to spend £5,000,000 in order to fix the problem.

Each of the groups had to present their ideas to the judges and an overall winner was chosen. The winning group were Caitlin Dennehy, Natasha Devbhandari, Diana Gibbons, Imogen Gordon, Poppy Hall and Olivia Davey-Bashir from 10-5. Next term they will have the opportunity to visit a building in Manchester which is currently being constructed by Willmott Dixon. This will be a fantastic opportunity to see the range of career opportunities and progression paths available in the construction industry.

We look forward to working with Willmott Dixon again next year as it was a fantastic day and all of the students enjoyed it but more importantly they not only built on their enterprise skills but also learnt about possible career paths.

Year 10 Careers Day & Practice Interviews

Y10 Careers Day
Y10 Careers Day
Y10 Careers Day, An Inspirational Talk by Alex Thorpe, an AGGS Alumnae
Y10 Careers Day, An Inspirational Talk by Alex Thorpe, an AGGS Alumnae

On Friday, 7th July we invited volunteers into school to conduct practice interviews with our Year 10 pupils as part of their Careers Day.

The day started off with an inspirational talk from one of our Alumnae, Alex Thorpe who works in marketing for VIMTO drinks. This was followed by a CV writing skills session, a session with the RAF and Army and a workshop delivered by our Connexions Adviser on labour market information.

Y10 Careers Day, Interviews
Y10 Careers Day, Interviews

Throughout the day, year 10 were having practice interviews with volunteers from Barclays Bank, Tesco, Unilever, St.Mary’s Hospital to name a few and many of

whom were parents. We are extremely grateful to them for kindly giving up their busy working day to interview our pupils. The interviews were an introduction to ‘real life’ interviews which gave the girls an insight into the world of work.

Y10 Careers Day, Interviews
Y10 Careers Day, Interviews

To attach a sense of reality and importance to the day, the girls were asked to come into school wearing smart business attire. There were some very smart young ladies indeed, who would have been readily employed by our interviewers! We received many comments from the interviewers complimenting the pupils on their high standard and quality of responses to questions.

Y10 Careers Day, RAF and Army Session
Y10 Careers Day, RAF and Army Session

Careers Convention 2017

Careers Convention 2017

Careers Convention 2017Wednesday, 8th March saw the return of our biennial Careers Convention. The evening had a real buzz to it with 60 representatives hosting stands from companies such as Aldi, Barclays, KPMG, Pozzoni, Myerson Solicitors and many more. Representatives from Russell Group universities, colleges and apprenticeship schemes were on hand to offer advice on their courses and application processes.  The event provided an excellent opportunity for pupils to explore different career options and to attend talks from marine science, law, sports psychology and radiotherapy.

The event celebrated National Careers Week and International Women’s Day with all female contingents attending from engineering and construction companies: Clancy Consulting, Mott MacDonald and Willmott Dixon. The Y9 and Y13 stewards were a credit to the school showing representatives to their stands and being on hand to help with queries. We look forward to the next event in Spring 2019!

WILLMOTT DIXON School Enterprise Day – What would be your ideal school

WILLMOTT DIXON School Enterprise Day

WILLMOTT DIXON - School Enterprise Day
WILLMOTT DIXON – School Enterprise Day

Willmott Dixon ran an Enterprise day at AGGS on 22nd November to the whole of Year 8 (205 students). “The Willmott Dixon enterprise day is designed to encourage employability skills, whilst highlighting curriculum links to the construction industry” this day definitely delivered that! The long term goal of the enterprise day is to help raise awareness of careers in construction for female students, ahead of their college course/education selection; again it delivered on this as a lot of the students commented that they have a better understanding of careers available within the construction industry.

WILLMOTT DIXON - School Enterprise Day
WILLMOTT DIXON – School Enterprise Day

During the morning the groups completed 3 team building tasks and were awarded points not only for the result but also how well they communicated together and worked as a team. The points were then totalled and this was then used to work out their budget for the build of a new school.

WILLMOTT DIXON - School Enterprise Day
WILLMOTT DIXON – School Enterprise Day

Each group had to calculate how many classrooms they needed; receptions, staff rooms, sports facilities; swimming pool etc. They then used the costing sheets to calculate how much their school would cost. It was a very fraught day especially when disaster struck at lunchtime and they had to spend £4,000,000 in order to fix the problem.

Each of the groups had to present their ideas to the judges and an overall winner was chosen. The winning group were from 8-1 and consisted of Julie, Francesca, Alicia, Aleeza, Rebecca, and Abeer. Lydia from 8-7 was commended for her leadership and motivation of the group during the task. In January they will all have the opportunity go to a site which Willmott Dixon are currently building.

We look forward to working with Willmott Dixon again as it was a fantastic day and all of the students enjoyed it but more importantly they not only built on their enterprise skills but also learnt about possible careers.

Year 11 Fundopoly Enterprise Day

Year 11 Fundopoly day, September 2016On 28th September Year 11 took part in a Fundopoly day trading in stocks and shares on the AGGS Stock Market. The day was delivered and run by employees of BNY Mellon. Trading was tough and highly competitive as the girls worked in teams to make as much money as they possibly could before trading ended. There was plenty of deliberation and important decision making to be made especially when the share prices of Gold and Greggs went up! They learnt how an investment bank differs from the High Street bank and experienced how the stock market actually works. Year 11 enjoyed speaking to the BNY employees about their particular job roles within BNY Mellon.