McLaren ‘Work Inspiration’ career skills day to improve young people’s life chances
Local young people who haven’t had the same life advantages as their peers visited McLaren as part of a programme to help boost their career prospects.
Seven local schools nominated students to take part in a half-day ‘Work Inspiration’ programme at the world-renowned McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey.
‘Work Inspiration’ has been designed by McLaren to build the self-confidence, self-esteem and experience of students as well as helping them fulfil their potential and support their decisions around next steps after leaving school.
As well as putting students’ analytical and team working abilities to the test in a pit stop challenge, they were also given the opportunity to hone their communication skills by pitching their own marketing campaign.
'Work Inspiration' is aimed at 16 to 17-year-olds whether they are looking to apply for an apprenticeship, continue on into further education or go straight into paid employment.
During the event students also took on the role of recruiting managers to better understand what potential employers look for from applicants and how to maximise the effectiveness of CVs and covering letters. They also explored the importance of body language in interview and business scenarios.
McLaren contributed towards student’s travel costs so those who stand to benefit the most were able to take part.
Patrick Bermingham, Group HR director at McLaren Technology Group said: “In a competitive market, you need to stand out from the competition. Through McLaren’s Work Inspiration programme, we work closely with local schools to provide some of their students with an experience that can help their application really stand out.
“We also provide hands-on learning that focuses on students’ communication skills, team working and self-confidence in the workplace – skills we value highly at McLaren – so that they are more easily able to demonstrate their strengths to potential employers, wherever their ambitions lie.”
Wajedul Chowdhory from Collingwood College said: “Today was really inspiring. Watching the pit stop demonstration really taught me how crucial teamwork and communication skills are, particularly in a fast paced environment like McLaren.”
Adriana Bernard from Bishop David Brown School said: “I learned that McLaren is actually a large technology company and racing is just one part of what they do. I also now know how to tailor my CV for the different roles within the company.”
Joao Cost from Rydens Enterprise School said: “I have started writing my personal statement for my university applications, so I’m looking forward to talking about what I have learned today at McLaren and using the interview tips I picked up.”