ADM Inspires Local Pupils To Focus On Employability Skills

Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE:ADM) recently donated funding to Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership (THEBP) to deliver a partnership event with ADM Milling UK and Shenfield High School, Essex on 29th March.

ADM Milling UK employees volunteered at Getting Ahead, a unique employability skills event for 14 and 15-year-old students. Developed and facilitated by THEBP, Getting Ahead is a conference-style one day event that helps to prepare students for the world of work. Designed to encourage them to think about the skills and qualities they have as well as those they may need to develop or improve, it consists of several interactive workshops. Areas of focus include: first impressions, interview skills, listening and communicating, understanding employer expectations, and working in a team, and so on.

“We are delighted for the continued financial and in-kind support from ADM. This is the second year of Getting Ahead at Shenfield High School and is enormously beneficially in raising student aspirations and helping them to imagine their future beyond school”, said Helen Sanson, Director at Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership.

“We are pleased to be supporting Shenfield High students for another year in helping them start thinking about work and the life skills that they need to develop to be successful in the competitive world of employment,” said Tim Cook, Managing Director, ADM.

Ayda Kadem, Head of Careers at Shenfield High School also commented on the success of the partnership, “We are thankful to ADM and Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership for providing this opportunity again for our students. The volunteers from ADM worked so well with our students, encouraging them and motivating them throughout. I have been particularly pleased to see the students develop their transferable work-related skills such as team working, time management and enterprise skills… A highly enjoyable and useful event! In a time of restricted and threatened school budgets, we appreciate ADM’s investment into our young people’s futures”.

Commenting on the experience, Year 10 student, Thierry Bolton said: “The ADM volunteers were really helpful, giving us lots of ideas throughout the day and informing us of what it is really like in the business world. I didn’t understand how to write a CV, but I do now. I feel lucky to have been involved in the Getting Ahead event today”.

The donation to deliver the event was given through ADM Cares. ADM Cares is a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organisations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.