22 July 2020
Simarco has been a prominent figure in the local community and is proud of its connections with so many organisations, charities, sponsorship and events for Witham and the surrounding area.
One Partnership, which is proving very successful is the collaboration with the Maltings and New Rickstones Academies. Simarco has been involved in several initiatives.
Trevor Scott, Simarco’s Managing Director is passionate about the future of the logistics industry and encouraging school leavers into this sector. When he was approached by Essex County Council to become an Enterprise Advisor, he grabbed the opportunity. The logistics industry is an unknown entity to most school leavers and so this was the gateway to promote the skillsets required. He has been on many panel discussions with educational leadership teams to future proof and develop their careers programme to encourage young adults into the industry.
Simarco has been a regular visitor to the careers open day events at the Academies and with their forward-thinking approach Simarco has an excellent Apprenticeship programme. Simarco offer successful school leavers, the opportunity to join their Scheme working in conjunction with South Essex College. This has been a great success with almost all students achieving BTEC qualifications in business administration and logistics. They also boast that most trainees have become valid employees within the areas they excelled. This programme enhances their ethos to promote careers for young adults into the logistics sector.
The last 4 months have been a challenging time for the education system. Schools, pupils and parents are feeling the effects of COVID-19. More so, are those who are on the Free School Meals programme which has also highlighted the shortage of advanced online learning capabilities. Simarco recently announced that they would be pleased to donate ten Chromebooks which will make a huge difference to those students struggling to keep up with their studies.
Simon Reed, Chief Executive at Simarco commented “We are delighted to continue our support for local schools and charities. With so many kids in internet poverty in this country, we realise how important it is for us to continue to help our community.”
Damian Lee, Headteacher from Rickstones Academy quotes “As an academy we have enjoyed a great partnership with Simarco over the past few years where they have provided our students with great careers advice and for many ex-students, employment opportunities.
For them to recognise the difficulties that some students have in being able to access computer facilities and then provide us with these Chromebooks is both amazing and heart whelming. It shows a real commitment on their part to support their local community.”
The relationship between Simarco and the Academies has been very positive and look forward to seeing what the future holds.