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Grey Coat Hospital School students visit top Victoria businesses

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Year 9 students from Grey Coat Hospital School in London, got a chance to experience a real workplace with help from Victoria Business Improvement District.

The group were welcomed and taken up to the first floor of The Telegraph where they met George Newky-Burden who has worked for the Telegraph for 52 years. The students then had the chance to learn about the history of the newspaper and ask their questions about careers in journalism and the media. This was followed by a guided tour to see a live working news and news conference room, and meet the famous cartoonist Matt Pritchett MBE.

The group then took a tour of The Apollo Victoria Theatre. Taking in the front of house areas, students learned about the history of the theatre, how it operates as a business, the other theatres within the Ambassador theatre group as well as the different roles you may find front of house. The group were then taken substage where they got to see the wardrobe department of Wicked (their resident performance). Students were shown some of the character costumes and learned where the costumes are made or sourced.

The workplace visit was funded by VBID, which supports economic growth in the Victoria area of London to create a vibrant destination for those who work, visit or live in the area.

Leonie Matthews, our Project Coordinator in the region, said: "The students really enjoyed getting a first-hand experience of some of the employers in the Victoria area, and having the opportunity to ask their questions about the working world. 100% of the students that took part said the workplace visit improved their awareness of the types of careers available to them and 86% said it improved their knowledge of the skills and qualifications needed for a career. We'd like to thank the employers that took part for giving the students such a fantastic experience."


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