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ADM Milling UK
Community – Getting Ahead Programme: Employability Days

ADM UK focuses on developing the employability skills of young people in education, in which we support specific secondary schools currently in the South East region. ADM’s volunteering schemes include the Getting Ahead Employability programme which focuses students to prepare for work, such as first impressions, employer expectations, team work, problem solving and CV and interviewing skills. These schemes are facilitated by ‘Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership’ (THEBP).

Employability Day at Shenfield School, Essex

15 employees from ADM Milling volunteered at Shenfield High School to deliver Getting Ahead, a unique employability skills programme to 14 and 15 year old students.

Developed and facilitated by Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership (THEBP), Getting Ahead is a conference-style one day event that helps to prepare students for the world of work. Designed to encourage them to think about the skills and qualities they have as well as those they may need to develop or improve, it consists of a number of interactive workshops.  Areas of focus include first impressions, interview skills, listening and communicating, understanding employer expectations, and working in a team, and so on.

“We are delighted to be supporting Shenfield High students in helping them think about the work and life skills that they need to develop to be successful in the competitive world of employment,” said Tim Cook, managing director, ADM. “Through best-in-class programmes such as Getting Ahead, we are fulfilling our commitment to actively support the local community.  It’s great to see the students here today explore their own employability skills, and I know that my fellow ADM volunteers have found it very worthwhile.”

Commenting on the experience, Year 10 student, Misha Chobanova said: “I learned about what makes a good CV and what doesn’t and what an employer would expect of me. It was brilliant!”

Ayda Kadem, Head of Careers at Shenfield High School also commented on the success of the event: “The volunteers from ADM worked so well with our students, encouraging them and motivating them throughout. I have been particularly pleased to see the students develop their transferable work-related skills such as team working, time management and enterprise skills. It was fantastic to see all students end the day delivering their confident and professional pitches marketing the products they developed in their teams…A highly enjoyable and useful event and we hope the relationship with ADM will continue”.

For more information about Getting Ahead, and how to get involved, visit