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Aico Champions Educational Engagement

Recognising the significance of supporting educational institutions amidst mounting challenges, Aico have been engaging with local schools and colleges in a series of educational encounters to offer enriching experiences to over 270 students throughout March. These experiences have empowered them with practical insights into finance, employability, and business.

On the 11th of March, Aico welcomed 30 GCSE Business Studies students from Thomas Adams School for an Operations Management Workshop. The students were tasked to create a plan for a manufacturing warehouse with a product of their choice.

This experience provided lessons on manufacturing, distribution, planning, health and safety, quality, and recruitment, offering a glimpse into the world of Operations.

Aico’s Community Liaisons, Laura Opechowska and Jane Pritchard attended Mary Webb School & Science College’s ‘Importance of Maths Day’ on the 14th of March.

Engaging with enthusiastic Year 9 students, they explored the practical applications of mathematics in the workplace, with challenges to calculate VAT, investigate financial statements, and percentage discounts, creating a better understanding of the role of mathematics beyond the classroom.

Aico’s Community Team delivered an Enterprise Challenge at Church Stretton School on the 15th of March. Over 100 students took on the challenge of product development, and market launch, simulating the process of starting a business. The event ended in a showcase, in which students presented their innovative business ideas to everyone, fostering creativity, confidence and teamwork.

Rounding off the month, Aico welcomed Lower Heath Primary School students on the 20th of March for an educational workshop at its headquarters. Students enjoyed a tour of the building, and interactive activities including the box challenge, wiring task, and product development workshop. Students gained firsthand insights into various job roles and industries, igniting their curiosity and enthusiasm for future career pathways.

Commenting on Aico’s educational initiatives, Ryan Evans, Sustainability Lead at Aico, stated, “We are immensely proud to work with local educational institutions to empower young minds with practical insights and hands-on experiences. By bridging the gap between education and the professional world, we wish to inspire the next generation of leaders, innovators, and problem solvers.”

Aico are committed to supporting students in their local community and believe that these educational visits are an important way to achieve this. To learn more about Aico’s educational offerings, please visit aico.co.uk/in-the-community/education