A+E Networks link up with Hammersmith Schools

On Thursday the 8th June, BTEC Media Students from Phoenix Academy welcomed staff from A+E Networks to a career planning workshop at The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.

A+E Networks is a global media company, which broadcasts five TV channels in the UK, including HISTORY and BLAZE. It recently moved its London office to Hammersmith and their staff are keen to make links with the local community. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to hear the career journeys and experiences of key members of A+E staff, representing departments in Production, Sales, Marketing, Events and Broadcasting Operations.

Students were given an overview of A+E by Sarah Williams-Robbins, Head of Communications. A panel of employees shared their differing career journeys and current roles within the company. For example, one of the company’s producers started out as a maths teacher in Sheffield before a change of career into Media. Likewise, it was enlightening for A+E staff to see just how talented these Phoenix students are. Their teacher, Maxine Gordon, had put together a wonderful selection of the students’ films for a viewing at the end of the session.

Key messages for young people highlighted the need to be flexible, resilient, develop networking skills, and work hard. Above all, they were advised by A+E employees to remain focussed, be motivated, and grab every potential opportunity.
The students got the chance to interview staff members in small groups and were
buzzing with enthusiasm. Ultimately, they were completely inspired and energised by this contact with Employee Volunteers. Student feedback was 100% positive with comments like:

  • “I absolutely loved today’s lesson”
  • “. . . it was a really, really good talk”
  • “It was fun and beneficial”

We at the EBP are extremely grateful to Sarah and her team from A+E Networks for giving up their time to encourage and support young people in LBHF Schools as part of the Erasmus Be Ready Project. We are looking forward to continuing this mutually beneficial relationship with future events and activities in the new term.

Thanks to Maxine, Furell and Sarah for all their hard work. It really was a wonderful session!

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