Education and Training

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

 As part of all of our schemes, we are committed to exploring a range of measures to improve skills and training opportunities for the local workforce. To us, a critical part of this process involves promoting the value and opportunities that a career in logistics offers, and inspiring the workforce of the future.

 We seek to foster positive working relationships between our developments and the pipeline of young talent being nurtured by local schools and colleges who share our ambitions. Currently we have agreed Vision Statements with the Sir Frank Whittle Studio School (Lutterworth) and Bicester Technology Studio, and are always seeking new opportunities for collaborative working.

 Flexibility is key, and specific commitments can be tailored to the needs of all parties. Typically, our shared visions involve:

  • dbs funding of a Community and Business Liaison officer to act as the primary contact between our developments and the education provider
  • facilitating various visits to site during the construction stage process
  • integration with the wider contractor team to give greater exposure to a range of career opportunities and providing educational inputs and assistance from the ‘real world’ to the curriculum
  • fostering co-operative relationships with occupiers of our schemes

 

Partnership with Bicester Technology Studio

We have agreed an educational and work experience partnership with Bicester Technology Studio, which specialises in providing students aged 14-18 with opportunities for vocational training in engineering and business, with a focus on the logistics sector, alongside mainstream academic study.

Collaborative initiatives include giving students tours of the symmetry park site at various stages of construction and providing them with specialist presentations to aid their studies. After completion, db symmetry will encourage its suppliers and occupiers of the site to partner with the school and provide apprenticeship opportunities.

Speaking about the partnership, Richard Taylor, Principal of the Bicester Technology Studio, said:

“A close working relationship with db symmetry is hugely beneficial to the school and with our vocational focus, we are always keen to forge new links with local employers. Opportunities for work experience and apprenticeships are immensely valuable to our students, providing the hands-on experience they need to get straight into work when they leave us.”

“By signing a Joint Vision statement with db symmetry, we are committing to ensuring that the Bicester Technology Studio will be at the forefront of using the Symmetry Park development as a platform for training the workforce of the future and equipping our young people with the range of skills they require to succeed in a career in logistics.”