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Ex-Student goes the Transervice distance with Career Advice and Guidance at Thorns Collegiate Academy

The Black Country Consortium working in partnership with The Careers and Enterprise Company’s national flagship Enterprise Adviser programme, which links business and education was put to the road test today (18th Sept). This event happened during a National “Love The Lorry Week” campaign.

Local alumni ex-student Darren Parker bought careers into the classroom with his journey from school to businessman.

Thorns Collegiate Academy Year 10 Business students listened to Darren Parker, Sales Director at Transervice Logistics, talk about how he made the transition from the school to his current position within the company. Darren raised the awareness of transportation and logistics as a viable career option and how vital it is to the local and national economy.

Students were in awe of how the impact of logistics affects everyday life, particularly how everyday items from around the classroom, school and home environment get from A to B.

They also learnt about the real opportunities and various pathways into this vital labour market industry.

Darren offers his time on the programme as the Thorns’ Enterprise Advisor, offering his time and valued experiences in the world of logistics, in addition, he kindly organised a Transervice training vehicle to visit the school site for the pupils to explore and deepen their understanding of the field.

This is a model example of how the Careers and Enterprise programme works with schools and their local Enterprise Advisors – improving the understanding that young people have of the world of work, from a real, up to date links from industry.

Local business Enterprise Advisors work with a matched school through the programme to share business resources, recruitment pathways and what the world of work seek from young people joining their industry. Darren commented:

As an ex-student of Thorns – and also being part of the Enterprise Adviser network with The Careers and Enterprise Company – I find no better way than being able to impact the work I do at Transervice to young people than by giving a practical demonstration with our training vehicle and a business talk. It surprised me how many questions I had, and how engaged the pupils were with the day learning all about logistics and how goods are now transported from A to B through the Pallet Network in a high tech capacity.”

Karen Cowern, Head of Business Studies at Thorns Collegiate Academy is really passionate about how local industry links can add value to her curriculum, approaching Corin Gregory at the Black Country Consortium to raise awareness of achieving the visit and training vehicle on site today. She added:

I cannot thank Corin Gregory and Darren Parker enough for their support in bringing the world of work to life for our business students. This has been a truly invaluable experience and will support the students in both their current academic studies and future career choices. A great day! Many thanks to everyone involved, look forward to future ventures.”.

A student commented

I found Darren’s talk and looking round the logistics vehicle so interesting, the jobs were really surprising and the money we could earn through Apprenticeships were appealing to consider this industry.”


PHOTO LINE UP: Left to Right: Colin Ryan – Training Manager, Transervice; Karen Cowern – Business Studies Teacher, Thorns Collegiate Academy; Corin Gregory – Enterprise Coordinator, Black Country Consortium and Darren Parker – Sales Director, Transervice

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