Our Celebration Evening Video

Our Celebration Evening Video

We would like to say a special thank you to Media Inventions (www.mediainventions.com) for filming the evening and to Ian Pugh, our Master of Ceremonies (if you would like Ian for your next event please email him at iann.pugh@gmail.com or phone call him using 01225768781/07749789361) and to our sponsors and to all those who made the evening a great success, especially the young people!

My Work Experience Week with apetito

My Work Experience Week with apetito

By George Daulman

Monday – Day 1

My first morning at apetito I spent with new employees in general health and safety training. Later, we had a tour of the building and manufacturing facilities; it was awesome to see all the departments and learn about the roles everyone had in the business.

I was then taken to apetito’s Marketing Department where I met Head of Marketing Chris Aston. He took me over the fundamentals of how they work, how they sell, who they sell too. I was then introduced to Dan, Digital Manager and my supervisor for the week. Dan took me through the plan for the week, which included a range of several different tasks and a few meetings too.

After lunch in their staff canteen – where they serve their own food – I was shown my desk and computer for the week. The first project I started on was creating an Email Campaign using Mailchimp, which I was used to using for GOFISH. This email was for Care homes about changes to their product lists. This was due to be sent Tuesday morning.

Tuesday – Day 2

After sending the Email Campaign, I then made a start on my second project which was Tactical Communications. Businesses may use social media or other platforms to send out tactically thought out posts. To do this, I researched all the months of the year, and different special days in those months, such as National Marine Week in July. I then linked this with a product, such as their Fish Pie and created an advertisement for social media linking in with their company values, such as Ethical and Sustainability and linking it with facts like 97% of apetito’s wild fish is certificated by the MSC.

It was extremely amazing to get access to the amount of resources the business had, and I learned very valuable computer skills and taught myself a new programme with help from colleagues.

After lunch, whilst carrying on with making adverts, I looked at the results from the email marketing campaign.

Wednesday – Day 3

I began the day, carrying on with my tactical communications from the afternoon before, but shortly offered to help the Visits & Events Co-ordinator sort out a room for a lunch meeting for apetito directors.

After this, I put on an apron with a rather unflattering hair mesh and helped to prepare the meal. It was great to understand how their products work, and how easy they are to heat up too; it really helped put into perceptive what their business was about, and their main selling points too.

That afternoon, I was very kindly invited to attend a meeting with apetito’s branding agency in Bath about their new brochures and product photoshoot. I loved sitting in on the meeting, and I certainly learnt so much about design, the importance of consistency, and how businesses work with other businesses.

Thursday – Day 4

I spent the first part of the morning finishing off my tactical communications project. After that I was then asked to work on some two infographic documents. These were based from market research in two different care homes they supply too. One was about their food, and the other about apetito’s service. Infographics is something I have never tried before, and I enjoyed the designing aspects of creating the document, it was amazing to think that they would be used in a meeting in the future.

I was then invited to another meeting, with their Bristol based digital marketing agency who ran their CMS based in after lunch. This meeting was much more technical, and many bits flew way over my head, but some of it which I picked up and understood was extremely interesting and useful.

Friday – Day 5

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Friday was casual and the day was shortened by an hour too; which I wouldn’t suspect for such a big employer, but I thought it worked very well in the business.

The first part of the day, I completed the infographics sheets I was working on and made some final alterations to them. I then went to work on completing a research project about another business, and looked at what they did, and who they were, as well as going through all their social media posts to get a bigger picture.

That afternoon, I helped prepare some of their materials in their warehouse for them to use at an exhibition stand later that month.

Monday – Day 6

I was asked if I wanted to attend an extra day at their new product photoshoot, something they were discussing at the branding agency’s meeting the previous week.

As a keen photographer starting out myself I was completely and utterly amazed when I went to the photographer’s studio in Bristol that day. It gave me so many ideas on how I could improve my skills, and how they run a photography shoot with timetables and plans. I spoke to so many new people, including food stylists, and the photographer about how they photograph food and other product shots, and got extremely useful tips that I now use myself.

Conclusion

Dan, Digital Manager said “I’ve had my fair share of bad work experience placements, so I was keen to ensure the experience was both beneficial and enjoyable for George; allowing him to be involved in tangible projects and taking ownership for specific tasks. George was a great addition to the team; getting stuck into all the projects and delivering them to a high level”

I would like to thank everyone involved in making my work experience week so enjoyable. Thank you to David from GOFISH, for helping to arrange the week with Zoe in HR, and a big thank you to Dan, my supervisor for organising and spending the time to tutor and challenge me with all the tasks throughout the week, and not once was I asked to make a tea or coffee, and to the rest of the apetito team for welcoming me onboard so kindly.

I did not want to leave; I loved every minute of the experience. I have learnt so much that I could never learn in a classroom and this week will stick with me for the rest of my career. The week with apetito has now made me realise that I want to work in Marketing and that my next step would be to go and study in University to achieve this.

Finally, my advice would be for anyone nervous or unsure about doing work experience is just to get as much as you can from the week. Ask every question you can think of, and make sure that you make the most of it!

GOFISH Celebration Evening – Your Feedback Matters

Your Feedback Matters

We love to hear your feedback about our events and programme, if you have any feedback please feel free to send over to us

“You very kindly invited my wife and I and a friend to attend your GOFISH event on Tuesday evening.

Having read your mission statement it was very evident on the night, that the aims of the development of young entrepreneurs, through a partnership of education and business, and the hard work and dedication by yourself, is being successfully achieved. It was very obvious to the three of us that the students have benefited from the programmes of GOFISH which has resulted in them going a long way in being prepared for the world of work. Congratulations, thank you for your hospitality, and to all those involved for what was a most enjoyable event.”

Michael Williams MBE. Retired CEO of Wessex Association of Chambers of Commerce

 

“This is another excellent example of Trowbridge people pulling together and achieving outstanding results. These young people are our future and deserve to be recognised for their talent and hard work. My thanks go to the ‘Go Fish’ team and everyone concerned who contribute to Trowbridge being a great place to live.”

Deborah Halik, Trowbridge Mayor

 

“Wiltshire College is delighted to have been a part of the GOFISH initiative and we can see its very positive impact on our students in terms of employability and entrepreneurial skills. 

The skill set they have gained through the project will stand them in good stead for their future careers.”

Amanda Burnside, Principal of Wiltshire College

 

“GOFISH has provided a unique opportunity for the business studies students at Wiltshire College. They were given the opportunity to work with local employers and learn some essential skills.  It has been an excellent collaboration which the college and the students are extremely proud of and grateful for. The Celebration Evening was a great success and the students were proud of their achievements and awards”

Pippa Thomas, Business Studies Lecturer, Wiltshire College

 

“I just want to thank you for all you have done for our son since he became a part of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition. First of all, thank you for opening the competition up to musicians as well as stall holders. Before the competition, he really only thought of himself as a musician, not as a business person.  He had never really realised that to be successful in the music industry that he must also have good business sense. The competition made him define his goals and focus on how to reach them. The support from the GOFISH team has been incredible. Thank you for all the words of encouragement. The experience has been amazing and I would highly recommend the programme to any young person.”

Carla, Parent of Finalist

 

“As a business owner and recruiter I feel passionately regarding the work GOFISH is undertaking, assisting young people enhance their skills relative to the world of work.

The Dragons Dungeon project was a daunting task for those participating but in reality the working world is tough, and the skills they were expected to demonstrate have proved invaluable to those taking part.

As a judge, it was inspiring and motivational to meet young people who were focused on success and able to illustrate the passion they felt for their products/services. The whole event was exceptionally well organised, and the celebration evening was one everyone could enjoy including family and friends.  If this first event can generate enthusiasm for future participants, then it is a big step in the right direction.”

Beverley Glover, MD of White Horse Employment

 

“Inspirational”

Mike Prior

 

“Witnessing the celebration of what the students had achieved over the last year with GOFISH, was truly a proud moment to be part of a community which offers support to our young people. For people to achieve they need the right support. GOFISH nurture these roots and direct people’s energy in the right direction.”

Aby Cooper Customer Service Manager, Civic Centre

 

“Thank you so much for such a brilliant evening, it feels amazing to have been chosen as this year’s winner and it will certainly help boost the profile of my business. Through this competition I have gained confidence in speaking about my business and it has pushed me to look into ways of expanding which were not possible before without the prize money.”

Nicola Davis, Winner of The Gripit Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017

 

It was wonderful to see such a huge turnout of people, all passionate about supporting our young people with their business endeavours. It’s very refreshing to find an organisation like GOFISH, who are so genuinely interested in helping youngsters to achieve their goals.  I know Nicola will use her prize money to grow her business in a new direction, which she would not have been able to do without the support of GOFISH and this competition.

Katherine Davis, Parent of Winner of The Gripit Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017

 

“I found the experience of GOFISH very educational. It taught me how to present in front of people and how to pitch my ideas. It also helped boost my confidence. I have also learned the importance of networking and have made some good contacts which will hopefully be useful in the future. Many thanks!”

Ben Laver, Finalist in The Gripit Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017

 

“As a firm that embraces educational programmes for young people, Office Evolution were delighted to support the GOFISH Awards event that have recognised and rewarded entrepreneurial spirit in today’s youth. The programme has empowered young people to harness both their personal and business skills and has provided a practical “look” of what is required in the “world of work”. It has sparked energy and enthusiasm of the young people in Trowbridge, teaching employability skills that they will need as employees and entrepreneurs of the future. It was encouraging to see great business, both established and developing; through the young people’s innovation and teamwork, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for our young entrepreneurs.”

Steve Davis, MD of Office Evolutions

 

Thank you for inviting me to act as Master of Ceremony at the GOFISH Celebration Evening for the Young Entrepreneur Awards here in Trowbridge. It was great to see that there are so many young budding Entrepreneurs with so much talent ready to embrace the future. It was also wonderful to see so many distinguishing guests from the business community, education and politics giving their time freely to cheer on these youngsters.

It should also not be forgotten David, that without you and your team, non of this would have been made possible. Well Done.

Congratulations to all involved.”

Ian Pugh FGInPT, Master of Ceremony (if you would like Ian for your next event, please email him at iann.pugh@gmail.com or phone call him using 01225768781/07749789361)

GOFISH Celebration Evening a huge success!

Over 80 guests celebrated with GOFISH the achievements of young people who had been involved in several opportunities to win Awards, were presented with their trophies and cheques at The Town Hall on the 25th July. The prizes were worth £1650.