PD Ports employees on the Humber inspired future business leaders by mentoring students from Immingham Oasis Academy in a national competition to find the next generation of entrepreneurs.
The 22 Business Studies students took part in the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge which this year involved more than 4,500 enterprising teenagers.
They competed against their peers and other secondary schools in the UK through an online simulation game that recreated real-life work situations and they had to complete a questionnaire about ethical business and sustainability.
PD Ports’ commitment to Business in the Community’s (BiTC) Business Class Programme created an opportunity for employees to engage with Immingham Oasis Academy students to offer their wealth of experience and support.
PD Ports staff who took part in the initiative included Mick Cruddas, Immingham Operations Manager, Colleen Wookey, Management Accountant, and Chris Broughton, Business Development Manager Humber.
Although the school was not successful in making it to the final stage, its highest scoring team was awarded a trophy provided by PD Ports. The partnership proved so successful that prize will now be awarded annually at Oasis Academy to recognise those displaying excellence in Business Studies.
Mosaic was founded in 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007 with the aim of helping all young people realise their potential. By introducing them to inspirational role models the scheme helps to boost their confidence and improve employability.
Russ McCallion, PD Ports’ Group HR Director, commented:
Being part of BiTC’s Business Class Programme provides us with some great opportunities to get involved with our local community.
This mentoring activity meant that our employees could take their knowledge into schools and talk to them about real work life.
Supporting young people in schools provides us with a platform to raise their awareness of opportunities in the business and maritime sectors to get them excited about their future careers.