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To give you an idea of what it’s actually like to work with a Ideas In Partnership Consultant, read some of our testimonials.
You’ll hear from business owners like you who have found out what a great experience working with IIP is and how doing so has increased their profitability.
“More than anything, I learned business from EPS. Prior to being accepted on the programme I had done the business plans, cash flow forecasts, profit and loss predictions, etc. I was a start-up business – not the usual intake for EPS – and had anticipated getting help with these elements.
What I actually received from a wide range of experienced and generous businessmen and women was a crash course in business.
It was easily the best investment of my time I have ever made in my business, and the contacts made within EPS continue to contribute to the growth of my company. EPS is the business!”
“EPS has given me a great insight into the services required for a growing business. Reliable information from experienced people and companies.”
“The EPS Programme provided a structured approach with different seminars on aspects of business.
This was particularly helpful and the results from these sessions clarified my thinking on what to prioritise and gave me a clear plan on moving forward.
The relationships I made through attending the course have been invaluable as I have moved forward and grown the business.”
“The EPS Project was a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience. Spending time with industry professionals and like-minded entrepreneurs is always going to be beneficial to progress your business forward.”
Nice successful day at the Hilton Treetops Aberdeen Wedding Exhibition thanks to Ideas In Partnership for having us along! Looking forward to see what the future holds for Reel Moon Productions! – Alistair Stewart, Reel Moon Productions.
Thank you for this and for all your hard work and effort on arranging the event, it was really appreciated and a very successful day for me. – Helen, Scozzese Jewellery Design.
Thanks for much for having me, was a fantastic day! – Hannah Ruth, Hannah Ruth Makeup Artistry.
All the wedding exhibitions and fashion shows have been professionally organised and well attended by brides.
We have really enjoyed being a part of these shows!
Thank you for inviting us to Fraserburgh Careers Fair, we felt it was really worthwhile. We’d love to come to all the careers fairs listed below, except Mackie Academy. Please can you pop us in the diaries and let me know the details as and when.
Many thanks. It was a good day, very informative, and we have already passed a query up our chain of command on the new qualifications, as we expect to get questions from pupils in 2013 on what they require to join the RN. Various jobs require Standard Grades as a baseline, and is whether we accept just National 5, or if National 4 will be included. Will probably depend if they are further split into A, B, C, which the Rector was unclear on. Hope you can continue to add more schools to your portfolio, there are still quite a few out there that run their own careers fairs.
The feedback I have received has been great too. Andrew said the event was well attended and he was impressed by the level of interest from pupils, and he liked the evening session whereby a lot of parents attended too. He thought this was a good idea.
Just a short note to say well done for yesterday – excellent event, well attended with lots of positivity!
The Ideas In Partnership events over the past year have been a great success and the pupils certainly seemed motivated and engaged in terms of their futures which shows how much your work has paid off. Each year we attend a number of events at local schools in the region. You can imagine that given the number of schools in the region and the size of our office, we are unfortunately unable to attend all careers events, however we always do our best to accommodate requests. With this in mind we would be delighted to attend the Banff Academy event on 17th January 2013 but are unfortunately unable to attend the Mackie Academy one. I hope this will be acceptable to you.
The British Army Careers Office in Aberdeen has been invited to many Careers Fairs organised by Ideas in Partnership Ltd and they are always very well organised with spacious venues. A very friendly team who supply all your needs form tables and chairs to refreshments and can’t do enough to support us on the run up to the event and throughout. There are always people on hand to help us setup should we have need of assistance. Overall we have always had a fantastic experience with Ideas in Partnership Ltd and look forward to working with them every time we are asked.
The career fairs that are organised by Ideas In Partnership Ltd are excellent. The information provided prior to the event is useful as it lets us know what equipment we need in order to fully prepare the stand that we will use. The event allows for a younger audience to speak to us as they might not want to visit us in a careers office. The shows are always in a relaxed atmosphere which helps us talk to potential candidates more easily.
As a Port working with many clients we find it very useful to engage with the young people. We have found the organisation of these events good and are always pleasantly surprised at the breadth and diversity of other attending organisations.
We attended Peterhead and Mintlaw this year and last and have found the pupils to be well prepared and genuinely there to ask questions. We took on one apprentice as a direct result of the fair at Peterhead and this has proven a great success. We also realise by attending that our marketing material was not being understood by young people and terminologies and jargon have now been removed resulting in a much greater increase of applicants for all graduate scheme. The fair have made us look at pupils in a much more positive light and we will certainly continue our association.
We have only attended one fair to date, however we have felt that it was well organised. It has increased a greater awareness of our business and has been helpful towards our new publication The Wishing Tree whereby our contact with teens to talk about a range of topics has paid off.
The school careers fairs run by Ideas in Partnership seem to be very well run, organised and successful. There was a good mix of further education establishments, large companies (eg Oil and Gas) that may attract pupils into graduate recruitment schemes, and smaller local businesses. The pupils seemed genuinely interested in finding out more, after their natural initial reticence faded, and there were lots of keen business folk looking after the stands, and getting them talking and engaged – not to mention general networking opportunities for all concerned.
In terms of the careers fair I think it was well organised, there was a good mix of people representing the companies operating in Aberdeen, and everyone seemed very enthusiastic and happy to engage with the kids. Most of the kids showed a great interest in the companies and many acted maturely and with respect for the organisers/companies attending. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, and I think in terms of improving it needs to be more on the side of Ernst and Young, such as better leaflets and more engaging displays.
This is the first careers fair I’ve attended so don’t have much past experience to base this on. However from what I’ve heard from colleagues this was a much better and more organised fair than ones they’ve attended in the past. I also like the way the students were encourage to speak to us by asking what it was they were interested in.
I’ve attended two Careers Fairs hosted by Ideas in Partnership in 2013 – one at Portlethen Academy and the other at St. Machar Academy. Both days were very well coordinated, with good venues, free available parking. There was a good mix of other companies, particularly at St. Machar, providing an excellent networking experience. Carolyn Maniukiewicz did an excellent job of matching up students to their areas of interest and then marshalling them to the particular companies, and it seems that the students were well prepared beforehand to make the most of the careers fair experience. My remit is to raise awareness of food waste and recycling in Aberdeenshire, as well as recruit volunteers, and I was pleased with the number of students who were interested in my booth (especially) as I wasn’t giving anything away, and particularly at St. Machar, the number of students who have actually volunteered, or were interested in listening to the message about volunteering and its intrinsic value. I actually lost my voice after the St. Machar Careers Day after talking with so many students, which is a good thing.
Whilst I have not been directly involved in recent careers initiatives driven by yourselves, my organisation has and I understand that they were well received and considered to be worthwhile from an organisational point of view. Our marketing and communications department has been directly involved and continues to be so. I cannot comment on the effect such events have had on students but anything that increases awareness of the dynamics and the demands of the world of work must be useful and indeed I would be surprised if Government and local authorities are not aware of this and wish to continue to support initiatives such as yours.
The employment fairs that I have attended have been well organised by both yourselves and the students. This is a service that has to be expanded so that we can start to plan the students into the real world of employment by being able to help them plan their career choice and give them the back-up needed for them to realise their full potential. There is a lot that can be done when we all start to work together for the betterment the students. Well done to all the staff involved and thank you for the invites.
I thought the careers fair at Mackie Academy was a wonderful opportunity for the pupils to get an insight into what jobs or careers they could go for. I know when I was at school we didn’t have those opportunities and I think it highlighted to the pupils a variety of options that perhaps they were previously not aware of. In terms of networking with other companies, I have since written an editorial for The Wishing Tree magazine and chosen to advertise in their new publication – an opportunity for me that would not have arisen unless I had attended. In addition I have found out about student placement opportunities from Robert Gordon University that I may pursue in the future in order to help staff my company.
Following the career days at Mackie and Portlethen Academy I feel that these were ran and organised very well to maximise the time that we had. It was helpful that the pupils were split into year groups and it was structured throughout the day. This was beneficial to Journeycall as it allowed to us promote that we are a local business who offer full and part time jobs as well as development and career opportunities. We would be interesting in attending similar events in the future.
School careers fairs are a good way of engaging with young people, who are about to embark into the world of employment, or head off to college or university. The Chamber has the practice of attending these events, both within Aberdeen City and in Aberdeenshire. It is very encouraging to see the increasing number of Chamber member companies who are present, ready to connect with pupils, parents and teachers, and provide valuable information on their business or products or service, together with a brief account of the qualifications necessary to secure various positions of employment with the company or organisation.
Lesley has bet me to it, but can I just add my sincere thanks to the power of work all staff at Ideas in Partnership have put in both prior and during our very successful Careers Fair. The pupils and some parents have contacted me today and have commented on the quality of the event – everyone was very impressed and I am about to place some photos from the event onto our school website. Thanks again and look forward to working with you all for next year!
I would just like to say thank you for all your hard work and your team.
In collaboration with Ideas in Partnership a very successful Careers Fair was hosted in Banff Academy on Thursday 26 January. Ideas in Partnership’s input ensured a wide range of companies and organisations exhibited at the Careers Fair (37 in total for the 10am – 3 pm event). S3 pupils, at whom the event was targeted, were also well-prepared through Ideas In Partnership coming into S3 PSE classes in December to focus the pupils’ minds on how each could prepare for, and get most out of, a careers fair. The actual event covered four of our periods and lunchtime. Groups of S3 pupils (about 60 at a time) spend a period in the Assembly Hall, walking around, looking and chatting to the exhibitors (who comprised FE, HE, local and national employers). We let S5/6 in at lunchtime (they had prelims that day) and S4 visited in two groups of about 90 for half an hour each. I would have to say it went really well and there was a really good and purposeful atmosphere throughout. Feedback from both pupils and exhibitors has been very positive. Other than arranging the timing of visits by pupils all we had to do was to ensure tea/coffee was on tap for the exhibitors and we put on a buffet lunch for about 100 people. While the school could probably put together such an event purely under its own steam, the huge amount of preparation hours involved in the contacting of exhibitors (not least knowing which contacts to approach) means the scale of the event would have been significantly smaller without Ideas in Partnership’s input. I would be pleased for Banff Academy to collaborate with Ideas in Partnership in future similar events.
Ideas in Partnership has now organised two careers fairs in Mackie Academy. The experience on both occasions was excellent. There was very careful forward planning from the outset in collaboration with the school by the Ideas in Partnership Team which created an environment where the pupils were well prepared and informed of the purpose of the Fair and the ways in which they could derive most benefit from participation in it. There was also very thorough organisation of the Fair itself. The companies and organisations represented at the Fair were selected through analysis of the pupils’ questionnaires to address the career aspirations of the young people and by the time of the Fair the pupils were comfortable in asking questions of the representatives. Guidance staff were also involved in preparing the pupils for this part of the event which complemented the Vocational education delivered by Guidance Staff through the Personal and Social Education programme. Feedback from the pupils both years indicated that they found it an extremely positive and worthwhile experience. The pupils gain an insight in this situation that cannot be matched by simply ‘telling them about it’ and the first-hand experience and knowledge of the presenters gives the ‘real’ picture to the pupils which is the ideal way in which to get the optimum response from them. Feedback from the representatives who were at the Fair was also very positive about the engagement of the young people and the thoughtful questions which they asked. We very much hope we will be able to continue our partnership and carry this event through for our senior cohort next year.
Carolyn brings such enthusiasm into delivering the first session of our S3 “Get Into Enterprise” course. Her presentation gives the pupils a flavour of what enterprise is and they certainly seem to enjoy the experience. It ‘kick-starts’ our course off and hopefully gets the pupils thinking in an enterprising way for the next 9 weeks!
Mintlaw Academy hosted a very successful Careers Fair on Friday 17th February in the Social Area in which almost forty companies and organisations took part. Attended by S2-6 pupils the event was part of Aberdeenshire Council’s Employer Engagement Programme which aims to increase partnership between businesses and schools across the area and was organised by the school in conjunction with Ideas In Partnership. Ideas in Partnership staff met with school staff to plan and organise the event. This plans included two session with pupils during their PSE classes when pupils were challenged by Ideas in Partnership staff to think more deeply about their future by considering the motivating factors in their lives, were given examples of successful business people and products and also completed a questionnaire which helped inform staff about the career areas in which they were most interested. An emphasis was also put on what pupils can start to do now to prepare themselves for employment and to ensure that their time at the fair was well spent. To focus their thinking, in conjunction with guidance staff pupils made a list of the companies that they wished to speak with and formulated five questions that they might ask companies and organisations on the day. The main aim of the event was to stimulate and motivate pupils with regard to different types of businesses, and to help them understand more fully the various jobs within companies. The participating pupils were to make subject and career choices in the very near future and so this event proved very useful to this process. They took every opportunity to engage with our visitors and received much information to help them make important choices about their future. In addition representatives from Aberdeen University, Aberdeen College, Banff & Buchan College and Skills Development Scotland were also available for consultation. All our visitors to the school praised our pupils for their good humour, polite and mannerly attitude and commented very favourably on their focus and interest taken, which was due to the preparatory work undertaken prior to the event. Ideas in Partnership staff, after their analysis of pupil questionnaires ensured that participating companies and organisations were drawn from career areas which were relevant and appropriate to the needs of pupils at Mintlaw Academy and carried out the necessary contact with these organisations.
Carolyn’s presentation yesterday was truly inspirational, feedback from the students is extremely positive. The content of your presentation was ideally suited to the needs of the students, as they are still in the very early stages of planning they have taken on board all your advice and already feel far more confident about their Event Organisation Unit.