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Working Options three brief students on career success

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Working Options in Education is a careers education programme in England and Wales for 16-19 year olds, developed by charity MKB Foundation. Its aim is to engage, inspire and motivate sixth form students to realise their full potential and consider employment opportunities in the food, drink and retail industry.

Our Business department was extremely lucky to be able to welcome three business leaders to lead a motivation and information session:

Lauren Monk, National Development Manager, Monkey Business Foundation

The Monkey Business Foundation runs Grocery Aid, a charity for people who have worked, or are working, in the grocery industry and who need some extra support to get by. GroceryAid raises money through a variety of fundraising events, donations and corporate sponsorship. The financial and welfare help that they provide makes a very real difference. The MonKeyBusiness Foundation raises substantial funds on behalf of GroceryAid by running events such as the 2018 Barcode Festival.

Monkey Business is also the brains behind Working Options.

Malcolm Parkinson, Founder, Rockface 4 Men, the male skincare company

These are products for men without animal testing (vegan-friendly), microbeads or parabens.

Andy Laing, Managing Director, G’s Fresh Foods Ltd.

“From onions to celery, radish to mushrooms and a vast array of other crops, we supply all the major UK and many European retailers with fresh, tasty and healthy produce.”

The three speakers gave insights into their careers, providing useful tips and advice to students on how to prepare themselves for their own careers. There was invaluable advice on building winning personal statements, standing out in interviews and developing self-belief and motivation.

Main photo: Long Road students with Andy, Lauren and Malcolm.