Year 9 Work Experience Day for Two Students at P&O Ferries

Two students from Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School were given a first-hand insight into the role of women in the workplace when they spent a day at P&O Ferries head office in Dover last week (Friday 13th October). Olivia Furness and Eimear Ruane, both 13, had been tasked by their school with gaining a deeper understanding of the world of work and in particular the role which women play in businesses. They will write up their experience in a journal during the half-term holiday.

The Year 9 pupils spent a day being given at tour of the Port of Dover, being introduced to health and safety requirements on board ships and meeting the team from the company's Buying and Merchandising department. The highlight was an interview with one of the most senior female employees in P&O Ferries' business, Operations and Business Transformation Director Sue Mackenzie.

Olivia, who lives in Canterbury, said: "It was very interesting to meet Sue. I asked her about her education and what advice she would give her 14-year-old self."

Eimear, who is also based in Canterbury, said: "The most enjoyable part of the day was our tour of the port. We wore bright orange safety clothing, went into the booths which process the passengers and saw how the whole operation works."

Jacqueline Burns, Corporate Communications Officer at P&O Ferries who oversaw the visit, added: "We were delighted to help Olivia and Eimear with their project about women in the workplace. Local schoolchildren are potentially our future employees and we are very happy to tell them more about the services which P&O Ferries provides and the jobs which we offer."

P&O Ferries' stakeholder project offers visits to schools, colleges and businesses within the local community.  This is a totally free initiative.  The visit is tailored to school requirements and their current projects.  It can be a talk, with learning materials and other artefacts, judging a competition or providing an insight into the world of ferries and logistics.