Forging links with local schools

Posted: Thursday 23rd May

Providing career opportunities and insights into the world of work is something we are passionate about here at Global Freight Services.

Building strong and lasting relations with schools in the local area is firmly at the top of our agenda.

The reason is simple and that is because real-life, hands on experience in the world of work and the challenges it brings can enrich and enhance understanding for students and put theoretical work into context.

Learning is not all about text books and being in the classroom.

And, to add to that, it’s also about giving something back to the local community and investing time to nurture relevant skills within our future workforce.

Over the years we have built up some fantastic strategic partnerships with schools in the Telford area in particular Idsall School in Shifnal and we are continually building new relationships.

Just recently we supported Newport Girls High School by sponsoring a new uniform for its choir to wear during an overseas trip to New York.

But it’s not just about providing financial support to schools. There’s more to it than that as demonstrated by our managing director Anton Gunter who recently gave up his time to take part in a careers event at Tibberton Primary School.

Here, Anton spoke to children aged four to 11 about the freight forwarding industry, the skills required and how he helps support Santa with his annual mission to deliver presents to children across the globe.

The result has been to open the eyes of young children to the many jobs which exist in today’s world beyond the obvious – doctors, police officers, footballers etc.

And, the start of a positive working relationship between Global Freight Services and the school.

Anton is already planning a return visit to launch a ‘Paper Plane Challenge’ for pupils as part of a Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) week being organised by teachers.

Watch this space – it should be lots of fun.

If your business wants to get involved in something equally as exciting, why not think about teaming up with a school in your area. It’s hugely rewarding and opens up the door for all sorts of opportunities including award entries.

Our work with schools has been recognised by the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce and as a result we are a finalist in the Business and School Engagement category at this year’s 2019 Shropshire Business Awards.

We’ll find out on June 14 whether or not we’ve been successful!

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