As a Trust Port, building links with our local community and getting involved in interesting projects, where we can share our expertise, is a regular occurrence. Last week Carl Aichroth, Engineering Manager (Civils) at Shoreham Port volunteered to share his knowledge with students in an Employer Aware event at South Downs College.
The Employer Aware event is focused around a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style business challenge, where the students talk directly with industry experts. Each business volunteer had a team of six students to mentor. The students had to come up with a business idea to design, make, market and sell. The business volunteer’s role was to help the students with the idea and advise them on the manufacturing, transportation, business premises and costs related to the product they decided to develop.
Carl Aichroth commented “It was a very well organised day with 150 students in attendance. The feedback from the students was very positive. By the end of the day they had a better understanding of how businesses work and had really grown in confidence speaking in front of a large group of people.”
Nicky Goldsbrough, Corporate Services Manager at Shoreham Port added, “We were pleased to be able to show our support to the South Downs Employer Aware event. Carl is a long serving employee at the Port and very passionate about engineering and the skills that he has learnt here over the years. He was the ideal person to share his knowledge and experience with the students and further their interest in engineering.”
Employer Aware is run by Working Knowledge who design, organise, deliver and evidence work experience and employability activities for their Partner Colleges. If you are interested in being involved in an Employer Aware event please visit www.workingknowledge.org.uk.