Our first year A Level Business students visited Tesco’s extra store in Copdock to meet with the Store Manager, Jon Bandell and Community Champion, Mandy Lloyd. The visit gave the students an insight into working for one of the UK’s biggest brand to help them with part of their course.
Jon Bandell explained that this particular store employs 500 staff (including around 50 managers), caters for 40,000 customers a week, has their busiest shopping days during the Christmas period and that the company has stores in the Far East and Europe. The group discussed the importance of online shopping as part of the future direction of the company as they look to sell more non-food related items.
The group went on a tour of the store with Mandy Lloyd. She said, “My role is to bridge the link between our store and the local community. On average we have around one visit a week from local groups and schools and we also support a variety of charity campaigns in the town. One of Tesco’s charities of choice this year is Diabetes UK – so only last week I volunteered to help out at local fundraising event.”
She added, “It was great to meet the students from One. They were very well behaved and asked some insightful questions. We have helped supply prizes for student charity campaigns in the past and we hope to be able to support other similar campaigns in the future.”
Justin Bareham, Business Teacher said “We would like to thank Tesco for supporting our students. It was an interesting visit that gave our learners some ‘real life’ pointers to some of the business subjects that they are studying.”
“Next month, we are visiting Canary Wharf and the Bank of England and these additional trips to established brands and businesses are useful in helping the subject of business come to life,” he added.