Coca-Cola Enterprises hosts local students at Uxbridge Head Office
For the first time, Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) this week opened the doors to its European Headquarters in Uxbridge to a group of students from local schools aged 16 to 18.
Through conversations and workshops with CCE staff ranging from graduates to senior level executives, they were given a unique learning experience to support their development and increase their awareness of career opportunities within businesses.
“For us, this initiative was about opening our doors to local future talent and informing them on the opportunities available right on their doorstep. We are eager to support the development and employability of young people in our local area” said Bill Muirhead, Senior Manager, Education Programmes at CCE.
Following a welcome address from Nick Canney, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, the students attended workshops where they learnt about various functions within the business including Supply Chain, Human Resources, Finance and Legal. General Manager for CCE in Great Britain, Leendert den Hollander also dropped into the sessions to give his advice and answer questions from the inquisitive young people.
”I got to learn what kind of skills employers like Coca-Cola Enterprises are looking for.” – Talin Aslanian, Bishop Ramsey School
”It really opened my eyes and made me realise there are so many more options for careers in business than I thought.” – Doubra Thompson, Uxbridge High School
In the afternoon, the students were given the challenge of producing a recruitment poster for CCE. The wining group were awarded a Kindle each, after being judged by a panel made of CCE staff including Odette Beattie, Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition, “I have been very impressed by the communication and enthusiasm of the students from our local schools. It was very rewarding for me to part of the experience and to inform future talent of the skills and values we look for in potential employees.”