238 Squadron reporting for duty
It’s been a busy summer at Fenns.
It certainly hasn’t been an average summer at Fenns. As those of you familiar with Fenns will know, we are committed to supporting and helping the armed forces, having signed the armed forces covenant and with a vested interest with the cadets, our MD Louise Harris is always looking for ways to further support and assist the cadets.
So with summer just around the corner we decided to do something pretty unique, we brought an entire squadron into Fenns. That’s right the Air Cadets and staff of 238 (Hartshill) Squadron became a part of our team for the summer, I’m not sure how many, if any businesses can say they’ve done the same.
It’s one thing taking on work experience students one at a time, but an entire team was not something we’ve ever experienced, yet we have relished the challenge. Work experience is often overlooked in today’s education system however we really believe that it is an important part of developing our young talent. With job hunting more competitive than ever work experience provides an opportunity to really differentiate students from the rest, enhancing your employability in the future. Work experience shows commitment, passion, an ability to motivate and navigate their way through the workplace with teamwork, as well as identifying skills and highlighting areas where students may really shine. To sum it up, it sets students above the rest and that’s what we wanted to give to the cadets, to give them something back.
Thanks to the organisation by Clare Weymouth (Fenns Account Manager & Volunteer with the Air Cadets Civilian Committee) the cadets stepped into the Fenns office on the 4th August with a real buzz, not only from the cadets but the staff too. It is no easy feat taking on an entire team of students and keeping them safe in the workplace, so the entire Squadron undertook a days training before really setting out to work under the supervision of Sgt ATC Hewitt & CI Sue Newnes. In order to give the cadets a real feel for work life we didn’t hold back. We set aside a number of important initiatives. They took on the challenge with ease, and quickly allayed any fears that this could be a challenge too far! in fact they undertook the entire experience with military precision. Their attitude, behaviour and commitment of the cadets was outstanding and more than really we could ever have hoped for.
The entire squadron has gone away with the experience of work in a real life environment, as well as personalised hoodies, t-shirts and personal references from Louise. But most of all we hope the cadets will return for holiday and seasonal work either with Fenns or with other businesses within the local Chamber of Commerce.