Whitchurch youngster Finley gives Dad's job a try


Fourteen-year-old, Finley Wood from Whitchurch, joined Dad, Paul, for a day at Grocontinental to get a first-hand insight into the working world.

Finley’s day at work was organised by Sir John Talbot’s School as part of the National Take Your Daughter/Son to Work Day initiative which the school decided to trial with Year 9 students. Pioneered in the United States and now growing in the UK, the scheme is designed to introduce students to working life and for them to gain an understanding and appreciation of what’s involved.

Dad, Paul, who is Grocontinental’s Technical & Compliance Manager worked with HR Manager, Gemma Molyneux, to come up with a programme for Finley’s visit.  His full day’s work included joining the early morning Operations Team briefing and hands-on experience on the bread-packing conveyor.  He also spent time with the Customer Service and Transport Teams and found out about the sharp end of a logistics business by helping out in the Control Centre which receives hundreds of vehicles each day.

Speaking about the school’s initiative, Paul Wood, who is also a governor of Sir John Talbot’s, said:

“I understand that there was a really good response from parents to take their children into work.  For Finley, it gave him a great snapshot of what it’s like to be in a working environment and to focus on the skills required to interact with colleagues, such as communicating well and showing lots of enthusiasm.

“We are a large company so Finley had the opportunity to spend time in a number of different areas of our business and to see how it all fits together. He really enjoyed his day, met lots of people and tried his hand at a few tasks too.”

Most importantly, what did Finley did think of his first day at work?  “It was a really fun day,” he said.  “To start the day off, I was in the daily meeting and I managed to ask a few questions.  I really enjoyed getting to know the warehouse and I was most surprised by how big the customer service team is and how hard they work.”

And did he prefer working life to attending school?  “I would rather be at work than school,” he said.

Although he enjoyed his day at Grocontinental, Finley is hoping to pursue a career as an agricultural engineer when he leaves school.