Two school leavers take their first steps on career path
AS A result of a partnership with local employer Fusion Contact Services, two students from Ormiston Bushfield Academy have secured full time employment at Fusion’s Contact Centre in Bretton, Peterborough. Fusion, through its parent company BGL Group, has an on-going relationship with the Academy focusing on improving the links between young people and businesses.
The relationship between the Academy and the group launched in February 2012 with the sponsorship of the Academy’s new Media and Information & Communication Technology (ICT) departments, enabling the purchase of vital new equipment. Since then a number of pupils have undertaken work experience at the group and around 40 students have spent the day with BGL’s Learning and Development team, looking at the skills and techniques needed to secure employment after leaving full time education. Going forward the partnership will provide invaluable opportunities for training and mentoring.
Jonathan Kingston one of the students who has taken up employment at Fusion, said, “Andrew and I are thrilled to join Fusion. Neither of us wanted to pursue a University education and would rather focus our time and efforts on gaining on-the-job career experience. Fusion, and its parent company BGL Group, is a major employer in the Peterborough area and offers great opportunities for career progression – we can’t wait to get stuck-in.”
Daren Homewood, Head of Site for Fusion Peterborough, said, “Fusion is always keen to attract high calibre employees. With the high costs of going to University more school leavers are looking to secure their first step on the career ladder, so there is huge benefit for employers to invest in building relationships with local schools and colleges. We are pleased to welcome Andrew and Jonathon to the Fusion team. They have both been very strong students at the Academy and we are keen to help them build long and successful careers in customer service.”