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The Charter School

North Dulwich

Sainsbury CEO meets Charter students

Mike Coupe, CEO visits Charter School

Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe and other business leaders joined sixth form students at The Charter School  on Friday to help them prepare for the world of work.

Mr Coupe, Adrian Town and Mike Smith of Allied Bakeries, Gareth Fendick of Jordans and Ryvita, and Krystle Siaw of Premier Foods spent the morning with a group of The Charter School sixth form students.

Mike Coupe, Sainsbury’s chief executive, said: “Retail is a great place to work and build a career and it’s important that the grocery industry work together to provide practical advice and help for young people on how to get the right job”.

Year 12 student Deimante Kaskoniate said today:

“It was a really helpful workshop, hearing the views of employers has made me think carefully about how I would approach a company when I next apply for a job or work experience. Thank you for the opportunity”

Kimmi Patterson, also in Year 12 added:

“The advice on networking was very informative, learning about doing an Elevator Pitch was completely new to me. The session was fun and overall it was a great experience”

Lynne Stockbridge, Head of External Affairs said “At The Charter School our students are encouraged to develop their employability skills and think about future careers. We are particularly delighted that our sixth form students were today given the opportunity to talk with these inspiring business leaders and hear about their journeys from school to senior positions within the food and grocery industry”.

The career workshop was organised by Future First and IGD (a food and grocery industry research and training charity).