On Wednesday 22 August, Better Bankside members and guests enjoyed a fantastic event organised by this year’s Events Academy students. Hosted by Allies and Morrison in the lobby of their Southwark Street offices, the event was a chance for the ten young people to demonstrate the skills they have developed during the four weeks they have spent with Better Bankside businesses. Over the past month, they’ve taken part in a series of workshops and work insight days, delivered with the support of more than 60 volunteers from 24 different businesses across the Bankside area.
The evening was also an opportunity for businesses to find out more about Construction Youth Trust, one of Better Bankside’s community partners, which helps young people to access the wealth of career opportunities across the construction sector.
Inspired by their experiences during a workshop at CYT earlier this month, the students challenged everyone to test their own construction skills, using just spaghetti and marshmallows to create the tallest and most inspiring structures, with the prizes awarded by Wendy Heller, CYT's Training, Development and Curriculum Manager.
The event rounded off another successful Events Academy programme, now in its 10th year.
“It has been amazing to visit and see what different companies do from the workshops, speed networking events and also the main event” commented Hana McLean, one of this year’s students. Emma Adewale added that “It has been a valuable and great experience to meet new people and develop transferable skills.” A thought echoed by another student, Godfirst Ijeomah-Orji: “It’s been a useful time and I’ve been able to gain useful experience for when it comes to talking or working with other people which has improved my confidence.”
Corinne Snow, Events Academy Project Manager said: "It has been a pleasure working with the students this year. They have challenged themselves on many levels throughout this programme and have worked fantastically as a team to deliver a professional event. I have watched them all go from strength to strength, gaining new skills in public speaking, teamwork, time management and much more - providing them with a solid foundation for their future careers."
rn [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: Events%20Academy) (Rachel Nicholson), Better Bankside’s CR manager, added that “None of this would have been possible without the generous support of our members, whether it was running workshops, supporting the event or offering students the chance to spend a day shadowing at a business closely matched to their career interests. Learning about so many different career opportunities over the past four weeks has been invaluable for the students, and something that would otherwise be so difficult for them to access.”
The students will be returning to their studies or moving into employment now that the summer is coming to an end. We’re sure we’ll see some of them working around Bankside again in the future.