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Highlights of December

As we say farewell to 2018 we reflect on what an incredibly busy year it was been for the DHL UK Foundation’s education and employability partners – for more information about the programmes and partnerships visit our programmes pages.  Here are some highlights from December:

Senior Finance Team dedicate time to GoTeach

​​​​The DHL Supply Chain Senior Finance Team gave up two hours of their morning to deliver a series of engaging and informative activities that broadened the student’s horizons and positioned the senior finance team as role models. All of the students, who were studying towards their Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification, had the opportunity to interview the Finance VP’s and learn about the different roles and tasks involved in each Finance department. 

Jackie Jacques, VP Finance and GoTeach UK Ambassador said: “What a great way to start our team meeting – all of the team got stuck in and really enjoyed sharing their experience with the students. You could see how much the students enjoyed the session from how engaged they were and questions they asked.” 

Young people complete successful work experience at DHL

10 Street League participants successfully completed the Street League DHL programme with three weeks work experience.  The session was an opportunity for DHL staff and Street League participants to share feedback on the programme and thank them for their contribution.  Four of the young people were invited back for interview of which three have been offered permanent roles at the DHL Express Wapping service centre.

Inspiring students in Nottingham

Vicki Reynolds, a DHL Driver recently visited the Nethergate Academy for a Guess My Job event with students. The visitors were asked to dress in their everyday clothes and answer questions from the students, then re-appear in their work uniform – often to the surprise of the students! The session breaks down any stereotypes the students may have and inspires them about the huge variety of roles available.  Vicki said “What a brilliant event – I can’t wait for the next one”.

Colleagues deliver classroomcareer talks at Westborough High School

DHL colleagues Jodie, David and Alastair from NHS Supply Chain teamed up to deliver an interactive classroom career talk with up to 120,Year 9 pupils at Westborough High School. The session started off with testingstudents’ knowledge on their favourite brands with a customer logo quiz. Afterwhich the team presented the variety of work DHL are involved in. Colleaguesthen showcased their personal career journeys from which students explored therange of options available after leaving school.

Graduates representDHL at London Career Expo

First year graduates recently supported a Careers Expo with Teach First in London. The format differed from a traditional careers fair with students preparing questions to ask colleagues in a roundtable session, before moving on to the careers fair and meeting colleagues at the stand. Pupils from across London were able to gain an insight into the different job roles available within DHL, as well as routes into work and skills they need to access those career opportunities.

Students jump on board

Euston Station hosted a Masterclass and site visit for 10 students from West Minster Academy. Colleagues presented to students about their roles and what happens to ensure the refreshments we buy on Virgin Trains are available on time and in sufficient quantities. This prompted questions from students about career pathways into DHL via apprenticeships and graduate entry