Premier Foods Link16/01/17
Our links with Premier Foods have enabled us to enrich the curriculum of our Business Studies students. This project was the culmination of a long term assignment which allowed our students to apply classroom theory to a genuine task set and delivered by Premier Foods. The task gave students the opportunity to move away from the classroom and experience the work undertaken by a variety of different departments within a large local organisation. It has allowed our students to demonstrate their ability in a unique way, taking them out of their comfort zone whilst preparing them for a career beyond school.
School partnership with Premier Foods and IGD
Students from The North School recently displayed their impressive business and design skills in front of a high-powered panel of judges from a local company.
The BTEC Level 3 Business Studies students found themselves presenting their ideas for a new product to a panel of experts from Premier Foods in the latest stage of our successful ‘Adopt a School’ project.
The project is a unique partnership between the school, Kennington-based Premier Foods and research and training charity IGD - the Institute of Grocery Distribution.
After a first session in which a team from Premier Foods’ human resources department visited the school to work on CV writing and interview techniques with a group of Year 10s, the company’s Innovations Team took up the challenge of working with the Year 13 business studies group.
After outlining how the company – which makes Batchelors Cup A Soup - uses market research, innovation, product development and new lines to stay ahead of its competitors, the team set our teenagers a challenge.
The students were asked to come up with their own soup variety, carry out market testing, design the packaging and put forward marketing proposals for their product – a task they tackled brilliantly, supported by Vernice Lamberton, the school’s Careers Manager and Sixth Form Finance and Business Administration tutor.
At the follow up session our groups addressed a panel of Premier Foods experts with their plans for a range of products, from roast dinner flavoured soup to sweet soup flavours and chocolate on a stick.
IGD Engagement Manager Karine Barsam said IGD was keen to engage with young people who might be looking for a career in the industry, while Vernice said it had been “an amazing experience”. She thanked the Premier Foods team for “their inspirational work with a great set of pupils”.
18 year-old Lauren Best said presenting to the panel had initially been “terrifying”, but added that it had been a really great experience.
“I loved the way we were able to take our learning outside the classroom and apply it to a real business model. I’ve learned a lot and I think this is a fantastic initiative,” she said.
The good news for Lauren and our other pupils is that the aim is for the partnership to continue, with more joint initiatives already being discussed.