Pupils on the Employer-Led Programme at fellow trust school South Hunsley were yesterday invited to meet the Queen at the Siemens Gamesa factory in Hull.
The Employer-Led Programme is due to be rolled out to Year 10 and Year 11 at Malet Lambert from September 2018, and The Queen was able to hear directly from South Hunsley pupils about its benefits for those involved.
Trust Director of Careers and Employability for The Education Alliance, Mrs Sarah Barley, and Assistant Headteacher for South Hunsley School, Mr Barry Gray, were invited along with six pupils to visit the Siemens Gamesa factory to discuss the positive progress that has been made on the Employer-Led Programme during the last two years.
The staff and pupils spoke with The Queen about the work that they had done on the project over the last 12 months and talked about the process involved.
Siemens Gamesa joined the Employer-Led Programme in 2015 and the partnership has grown stronger ever since. The company send out employees to mentor pupils on the scheme and teach them crucial employability skills needed for competitive job roles, apprenticeships and courses in the local area.
The programme has been hugely successful because of these links and as a result, will be launched at Malet Lambert for Years 10 and 11 students in September 2018.
Siemens Gamesa have announced that they will become primary partners for both trust schools.
Shane Nicholson, Head of Quality Management at Siemens, said “It is certainly a brilliant programme to be involved in. It teaches the youngsters a lot about teamwork and it’s good for us to be able to go out into the community and build relationships in this way.
"We’re able to share our knowledge and experience with these talented young people and it’s great to be able to help them overcome the engineering challenges they may be facing.
"The programme gives them valuable experiences for the future, particularly if they are looking for a job or apprenticeship in the industry. We are honoured and privileged to be sharing this experience with The Queen today”.