Teach First Visit of Weavers Academy to Butcher’s Pet Care 6th July 2016

Warden Graham Baker kindly invited and made arrangements, together with Teach First, for a class of pupils from Weavers Academy in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire to visit Butcher’s Pet Care factory. The purpose of the visit was to give the pupils first hand experience of a workplace environment and also to provide them with various exercises to help them prepare CVs and to assist them in their future employment. The visit was an unqualified success.

Adrian Wall and his team had prepared meticulously and imaginatively for the day so that the pupils gained maximum benefit from their visit. The day included exercises to emphasise the value of teamwork, an exercise to demonstrate that some jobs go in and out of fashion and a further exercise to establish the transferable skills that are necessary whatever career path is chosen. This was followed by a close examination of various redacted CVs to make clear how important it is to ensure that the content and the presentation of a CV are of the highest standard.

This was followed by a most interesting tour of the factory that prides itself on preparing pet food based on high quality ingredients. Last year the factory produced over 258,000,000 tins of pet food with each tin of food being heated to a minimum of 120 degrees centigrade. They are now the largest producer of dog food in the country.

During a working lunch the pupils were divided into two teams and asked to prepare competitive presentations in respect of a new pet food product. It was a very close contest won eventually by Team B who argued for Bella Amore a new pet food targeting wealthy single women. So watch out for this new line in pastoral colours appearing on supermarket shelves shortly.

It cannot be emphasised enough that thanks to the hard work and the enthusiasm of both Butchers Pet Care and the pupils this was a very successful and rewarding day that will be, undoubtedly, very beneficial to the pupils as they look for employment in the future.

Teach First - Run The River - Tuesday 15 September 2015

The Butchers entered a team of 17 into this years Teach First Run The River.  This is an annual event which raises both funds and the profile of Teach First.  over 3000 people took part and the fund raising total is close to £150 000. There was a choice of a 5km or 10km walking or running event but we were a mixed ability team and had participants in all categories. Everyone who took part enjoyed the atmosphere and the stunning views of the City of London as the route crossed over Tower Bridge and along the river. After crossing the finishing line our team joined together for a well earned supper and liquid refreshment and all agreed it was a splendid evening.