On Monday 17th November a team of 7 staff from local business A.F. Blakemore & Son ltd were in school to host their annual road safety sessions to Year 7 pupils. As a predominant employer within Wolverhampton Blakemore pride itself on community engagement and reaching out to young people within the local area. They are one of the largest family-owned businesses in the UK operating in areas such as retail, wholesale distribution and logistics. They also own 280 of the SPAR convenience stores and serve more than 980 across England and Wales.
St Thomas More Catholic School have a long standing relationship with the company and a number of our past students have gone on to work within the business. Blakemore offer work experience, apprenticeships and graduate programmes providing access to employment at different levels of qualifications and experience. For more information about opportunities at A.F. Blakemore & Son ltd please see their website.
As part of road safety week Blakemore aim to educate our younger students about the dangers of being a pedestrian. With part of their business being distribution and logistics Blakemore are in a prime position to support students in understanding this practically. The team brought one of their Lorries on site for students to explore. They were shown around the lorry, informed about the improved design safety features, educated about the potential hazards and what can be done to help prevent them. Students also got to sit inside the lorry to experience how the road looks from the driver’s perspective.
The other half of the session included a classroom based workshop where students engaged in a variety of activities and discussions. They were taught about the different crossings and ways to be a more responsible pedestrian. Year 7 were engaged, enthusiastic and keen to learn from the team of employers.
“I really enjoyed the session, I liked getting to sit in the lorry and see the inside. I also learnt about road safety”.Harry, Year 7
The team from Blakemore consisted of a number of employees from across the business. Leading the sessions was community engagement graduate Danielle. She was supported by employees from ambient, warehouse picking, lorry loading, recycling, and 2 lorry drivers. It was great for our students to see the variety of different job roles available within the company. The team were very complementary of our student’s commenting that they had been a credit to us.
Overall the event was a valuable experience that gave Year 7 students opportunity to learn important life skills whilst meeting employees from a local business.