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Butchers Pet Care opens door to Kingsthorpe College careers visit

Published on: 9 December 2019

Butchers Pet Care Careers Visit
Liveryman and Past Master, Graham Baker welcomes students.

Engagement by Liverymen with our Charity partners is an important part of our charity strategy. While we donate funds from the Charity Fund to the chosen charities, in this case Teach First, we also seek to add value by contributing knowledge and expertise in the shape of engagement with the industry. Such activity has been invaluable in providing “hands on” experience to students who may be considering their future prospects in the job market.

One recent activity, which turned out to be a first class visit, saw a class of 30 Business Studies students from Kingsthorpe College in Northampton visiting Butcher’s Pet Care in Crick. Full commitment, by both parties, resulted in a great success, a real eye opener for the students and a lot of fun. 

Following an introduction to the company by Liveryman and Past Master, Graham Baker, concise but engaging explanations of actual job roles by members of staff brought the session to life. Modules on transferable skills and important tips on CV preparation provided tangible benefits and were well received. 

“It’s amazing we only work on a couple of floors but we don’t usually have the opportunity to interact regularly together. An exercise like this brings everyone together.” 

Real “hands on” experience was gained when students were given the task of developing a Christmas TV advertising campaign for Blink Cat Food. Ideas such as “Merry Christmas“ sung by cats together with three wise cats bearing gifts of cat food were well received by the Marketing department.

The company received 12 staff applications to participate within two hours of asking with such commitment clearly demonstrating their desire to make the visit the success it turned out to be.

All in all a very successful visit and, you never know, the day may well have encouraged some budding entrepreneurs.