STUDENTS from an Ellesmere school have been given an insight in their working futures courtesy of one of Oswestry's biggest businesses.

Aico welcomed Year 9 students from Lakelands to its Maesbury Road headquarters across two days recently for an educational visit to learn about the company and the careers they have to offer.

Both days compromised of a tour of the facilities, gaining an insight into Aico and an understanding of the various job roles within all departments, including the fast-paced environment of the warehouse.

The students participated in a carousel of interactive team building activities to provide them with an opportunity to learn about working within a business environment.

Lizzie Williams, marketing Executive for Aico supported the students throughout the day and said she enjoyed as much as the pupils did.

She said: “This was my first educational workshop – I thoroughly enjoyed supporting these students.

"The marketing challenge saw many innovative ideas emerging from the students, with a particular focus on the sustainability scenario, which is a vital aspect to consider for the evolving future.

"It was fantastic to see their creative visions displayed within the finalised designs achieved through collaboration and enthusiasm.”


Activities included a wiring challenge, using cabling to connect the correct cable to the corresponding terminals within a base plate.

The students took part in a box challenge, which required the students to pick and pack orders efficiently and accurately, excelling at the finance workshop, working as a team to reveal digits to a safe code.

The day concluded with a marketing task where students were given the objective of designing a stand for an event based on a chosen industry, which they presented to the rest of their classmates; many students focused on sustainability.

Vicky Wilson, careers leader for Lakelands added: “Having worked with Aico for a couple of years, welcoming them into our school both in person and virtually, I was excited to finally introduce our Year 9 pupils to the Aico Centre of Excellence and what it has to offer.

"To say they were impressed is an understatement.

"They spent the day experiencing the world of work in a business that is local to them, yet multinational in its reach.

"The premises alone impressed them, they appreciated that Aico clearly cared for their employees."

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