Throughout November 2023, Aico actively participated in various educational events within the local community, as part of their sustainability programme.
Aico places a strong emphasis on education, continuously developing programmes within the local community to empower the next generation of learners. As of November 2023, Aico have supported over 13,000 students, giving them an insight into the world of work and the opportunities available.
On the 8th of November, the Shropshire Virtual School Conference took place at Albrighton Hall to bring together schools from Shropshire and the surrounding areas for a full day conference. Laura Opechowska and Ryan Evans, members of Aico’s Sustainability Team, attended the ‘Marketplace’ section of the day, where they were able to network with the schools and showcase the work they do around education. Aico also hosted Shropshire Virtual School’s staff at their Centre of Excellence in November, for two days of staff training.
Mary Webb College and St Martins School held their careers fairs in November, which Aico had the pleasure of taking part in. At the fairs, Aico colleagues engaged with students, providing insights into their sector, business operations, and the diverse career paths available, including apprenticeships. Aico’s apprenticeship scheme has consistently invested in young talent, providing excellent career opportunities.
Olivia Rose, Events Co-ordinator at Aico commented “It was great to meet so many enthusiastic students at the St Martins Careers Fair, they were really interested in the world of work and the wide variety available to them after they finish school”.
To further enhance student understanding of the professional world, Aico’s Centre of Excellence hosted Oswestry School’s Year 10 students on November 27th and 29th. The educational visit provided students with first hand exposure to a working environment, allowing them to observe the variety of job roles and participate in career-based educational workshops. Aico has welcomed over 150 educational visits to their headquarters, consistently demonstrating their dedication to fostering future talent.
John Squire, English & History Teacher at Oswestry School said of the visit, “Our Year 10 students recently enjoyed a highly rewarding day at Aico HQ, in Oswestry, sampling what life is like outside school. A well-organised and varied programme gave them the chance to develop their employability skills and certainly fired their interest in the world of work. Thank you to the Aico team for giving them such a great experience”.
To read more about Aico’s initiatives in the community, visit www.aico.co.uk/in-the-community/.