This week a group of Year 10 students from Harrop Fold School in Salford attended Morson Group in Eccles for an Insight into Work morning.

Students had previously received a series of sessions from staff across the organisation at their school where discussions included:

• what work is • what they might be interested in after GCSEs • pathways to get to their dream career • how to research.

They arrived at Morson Group Head Office to explore job roles for real. They met with various departments from finance, marketing to IT and engineering to explore the variety of job roles within each department and what they each do on a day to day basis. The students were also able to hear about the Morson employees own career journeys.

Students were impressed with the facilities of the organisation, especially the roof terrace! They reported back that the session helped them to understand more about a wider range of job roles, subjects that will help them to get into these jobs and that many different roles require very similar skills, such as:

• teamwork • problem solving • patience • attention to detail • use of emails • excellent communication skills

Becki Ross, Enterprise Adviser and Morson Group’s HR Manager said ‘we felt that it would be beneficial for us to organise the activity outside of the school environment, this definitely made more of an impact and in some cases gave the students their first experience of an office environment. It was heartening at the end of the session to hear how many students wanted to come back for work experience and that it made them think about more options for their future.’

Mr Ince, Assistant Principal said ‘Harrop Fold has now worked closely with the Morson Group for nearly a year and it was a delight for a mixed group of Year 10 students to visit their main site in Eccles. At school, students listen a lot and are quite passive but what really makes the difference are real world experiences. To see the impressive multi million pound building on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, to discuss the skills required in the world of work, whilst sat in the Boardroom, to meet the staff on an informal tour will leave a huge impression. It will allow them to make better informed choices about their future and create more aspiration so that many aim higher than they had previously considered.’