By Embryo

Salamander Supporting Local School

As a family oriented and local business, Salamander is dedicated to helping the local area progress in any way we can. Recently the business was approached by Colne Valley High School to attend their ‘Business Breakfast’. Here we met with the senior leadership team, Local MP Thelma Walker and Jimmy Christian (Principal) and we discussed how we could offer something that would engage students, preparing them for what working life can be like after leaving school.

After many meetings and discussions, the facility tour for the students came to fruition and they visited the Salamander factory on 14th June 2018. General Manager, David Mcstrafick was there to greet the students and Business teacher, Mr. Kuszyk. The 12 strong group of students aged 14-15 and currently undergoing their GCSE Business studies, were chosen in order to give them a real ‘hands-on’ experience with a local business.

The tour consisted of David (GM) taking the students on a step-by-step tour of each department through the process of a completing a real-life project, starting with the sales and marketing department and finishing with the delivery of the goods and the accounting department. Members of staff on the factory floor spoke to students and they were allowed to ask questions along the way.

Accompanying Businesses teacher, Mr. Kuszyk, made this statement following the tour –

The aims for the students were to be able to understand and ‘see’ what a business looks like and how it operates. Businesses like Salamander, supporting education like this is vital and really enables students to visualize and understand the work that is undertaken in the class room.   

The tour and talk were both really well linked to our exam specification and the students were able to see how new technology and working practices has enabled a business to improve productivity and efficiency, as well as how a number of job roles are interlinked to ensure that the manufacture process is run smoothly and effectively.

By involving real employers into the school curriculum, it gives teachers some ‘evidence’ about the information they relay to students, and also gives students a true insight in to life as a working adult. Salamander are proud to help the local community and welcome all other opportunities to do so, if you know of any please Get in Touch.

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