Our Young Careers service facilitated an excellent
employer visit for pupils from partner schools Sir Alec Reed
Academy and Nightingale Academy to the L'Oréal UK headquarters in
More than 20 students who had expressed an interest in
sector-relevant careers were invited to the day-long event. In the
morning they received a presentation from the L'Oréal l team,
including an in-house scientist on how the subject guides the
company's work. In the afternoon, students were split into
mixed-school groups to work together on developing a new shampoo
product. The five teams were asked to pitch their concept to a
judging panel that included Reed in Partnership's London Operations
Director Nick Morgan.
The event enable students to experience first-hand the culture
and business of L'Oréal and working in the beauty industry, as well
as receiving relevant careers advice and guidance. Kat from the Sir
Alec Reed Academy said:
"I really liked it. It was a great experience -
something new and exciting. I got lots of good advice."
Her friend Mahak added: "I thought it was really
beneficial. I got to see what real work and a real office looks
The winning pitch was for a new L'Oréal brand concept that
would use all natural ingredients to offer greater UV
protection to consumers in warm climates.
Young Careers will be facilitating many more employer-led
interventions with schools in West London in the coming months.
Other employers involved in the delivery of the service include
Instagram, Virgin Active, Addison Lee and The Army.
The service is a pilot commissioned by the Skills Funding Agency
to help develop a new approach to careers advice in schools. It
enables students to get closer to employers and higher education
institutes and benefit from more relevant careers guidance. It is
co-funded by the European Social Fund.
You can find out more about Young Careers at youngcareers.org.uk
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