Willis has regularly chatted to our business and A-level students to offer advice, mentoring and work experience. “From the outset, Suffolk One was incredibly passionate about working with the local business community and we were keen to support them,” said the Education Liaison Director at Willis, Gary Shoesmith.
Lauren Keyland and Katie Jones studied on a one year business enterprise course. They both set up small companies as part of the course. Lauren created a jewellery company and Katie sold care products for the elderly. Both agreed that their new careers had increased their confidence and they were keen to progress within Willis.
Sam Steele, Tyler Walsh and Kyle Rose studied A-levels are now working as insurance claims technicians and account handlers, speaking with clients in various sectors both in the UK and abroad.
Kyle volunteered for several weeks work experience before securing his role. “It’s not easy getting a job so you have to put yourself out there. You need to create a good CV, play to your strengths and work hard – then you have got a chance. I’ve been going down to London a fair bit and when you get off the train at Liverpool Street and see the buzz of London before you - it’s a feeling like no other.”
Sam who only last year was starring in the Suffolk One production of ‘We Will Rock You’ - is keen to positively rock the insurance world. He said, “The preconception of a career in insurance is a lot different to the reality. You need good communication skills and there are opportunities to talk and work with people all over the world.”
Tyler said, “A career is very different from school. You are given more responsibility and you are in charge of your own decisions.”
Vice Principal at Suffolk One, Jenny Milsom, said, “Willis have been incredibly supportive and we are very grateful. The fact that they have taken on five of our students is the culmination of over two years of hard work. We are really looking forward to building our relationship in the future.”