City and Islington College sixth formers took part in a work place visit at SAM labs as Head of Careers at the College, Joanne Bishop, also received an award for facilitating 1.3K student student-employer encounters.
Joanne, who has been particularly interested in how role models can communicate about resilience shared her thoughts about her school’s visit: “Our visit to SAM labs today was absolutely spot on! The students really enjoyed hearing about the background to the company and learning more from inspiring speakers about the key to success in the business world. They really enjoyed the hands on activity working in teams to create some really imaginative projects using the SAM lab kits. It was hard to draw it to a close! It was also really refreshing to take students on a visit to a smaller workspace so they were able to compare these work environments to those of the big City firms. The students left inspired and excited about their futures and with a much clearer idea of what skills they will need for future employment.”
Iria Pizania, Business Development Executive at Founders4Schools, said: “I was delighted to present the Power User award to Jo Bishop and to celebrate her initiative and drive to support her students’ employability beyond the curriculum. Special thanks to the SAM Labs team who hosted us during a visit that Jo organised for a group of 6th formers.”
One of the students commented: “Visiting SAM labs offered an insight about creating a new business but also showed us it can be just as much fun if you are passionate with what you do. It was a very enjoyable trip.”