Year 11 business students from Winton Community Academy swapped their classroom for a busy office environment when they visited Be Wiser Insurance recently.
The pupils were introduced to the different aspects of Be Wiser and learnt about the educational opportunities they offer in their Wiser Academy.
After a quick twitter game, where the students had to put a list of tweets about the history of Be Wiser in order, they were taken on a tour of the company’s six offices all based in the town.
“Each building houses a different area of the business,” said Year 11 student Elise Jemmet. “It’s not often we get to experience a real office environment and we were all amazed at the noise levels in customer services, it was really busy, and the lack of noise in other areas. It was great to see inside the buildings and see real people in real jobs.”
After the tour of the offices everyone went back to the Be Wiser HQ and took part in a quiz to see how much information they could remember.
“It was great to do the quiz as it allowed us to revisit some of the areas that we had learnt about and it helped us remember so we could go back to school and write our assignment,” said Year 11 student Riley Lucas. “It was really useful seeing all the departments in action.”
Everyone involved agreed it had been a very positive experience.
“Winton Community Academy is the first school to visit us. It was great to have them here, they asked lots of questions and were really interested in what we do here and how a business like ours starts up and grows. Hopefully they gained an insight into the world of business and what we do here,” said Mark Leeming, Sure Start Programme manager. “I am sure they will take away what they have learnt and put it into their school assignment.”
Winton Community Academy business teacher Donna Robertson agreed that it had been a really good visit. “The visit was very educational. It was good for the students to learn about new companies starting up and staying in Andover. Everyone at Be Wiser was really welcoming and knowledgeable.”
Front – from left to right – Elise Jemmett, Lisa Noyce, Sam Greasley-Machin – Behind – Riley Lucas, Ben Huntley and Callum James.