A day at the office for schoolgirls

2018-06-19 06:01
GrandWest staff and learners from Saxonsea High School in Atlantis and Beacon Hill High School.

GrandWest staff and learners from Saxonsea High School in Atlantis and Beacon Hill High School.

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For the annual Take a Girl Child to Work Day observed at the end of May, GrandWest treated 25 Grade 10 and 11 girls considering a career in the entertainment and hospitality industry to a day at the office as part of this initiative.

The learners from Beacon Hill High School and Saxonsea High School in Atlantis enjoyed insight into the inner workings of GrandWest.

The initiative was started 15 years ago and encourages participating corporates to allow female learners, usually from disadvantaged backgrounds, to spend a day at their offices.

The aim of the day spent in the workplace is to empower girls, and the rationale behind the initiative is that, for many girls, the day spent shadowing top executives and entrepreneurs opens up a world of hope and inspires girls to work hard to achieve their dreams.

The girls had first-hand experience of the diverse career opportunities available in the various GrandWest departments, from information technology, finance, marketing and human resources, to food and beverage services and socioeconomic development.

“This is a fantastic initiative,” says Heidi Edson, group socioeconomic development specialist at Sun International.

“We were delighted to get involved and inspire these young women to work hard to reach their dreams.”

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