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 Pathway To Mars  POSTED BY AMELIA PLAISTER: FEBRUARY 27TH 

 
 
 
 

On Friday 27th January 32 students from Slough & Eton School, Desborough College and Langley Academy came together through a series of interactive activities, facilitated by employees from Mars to learn about Mars as a business and the different pathways to work there in the future. 

 
 
Over the course of the morning the students got to work in teams led by apprentices, graduates and experience hires from Mars to design and build a vehicle for protecting an egg when dropped from a height of two metres. 
 
Armed with just sticky tape and plastic drinking straws, the students created innovative and robust structures, all but one of which survived the initial 2m drop and a second drop of over 5m from the top of the Bleachers! 
 
In addition to putting their creative thinking and engineering skills to the test, all the students got the opportunity to undergo a skills and strengths assessment and discover what roles at Mars would suit them best. 
 
As a result of the event, 88% of students felt more aware of employment and job opportunities when they leave education and 63% said they would definitely be applying for a place on the Mars Apprenticeship Scheme. And some of the feedback from students included: 
 
“Very good event, had fun, learnt new things, had fun working in a team.” 
 
“Great team, great people, and a valuable experience” 
 
 
 
“10 out of 10” 
 
“It was very innovative sand enlightened me on the world of work and the requirements needed” 
 
Mars continues to invest in its UK Apprenticeship schemes, because they believe that the schemes create a truly mutual benefit for the future careers of Apprentices and the future of the business. Mars Apprentices are able to gain qualifications and invaluable hands-on experience; learning while they earn and Mars sees real benefits from fresh perspectives and enquiring minds too. 
 
In the war for talent, apprenticeships are an excellent way of developing your workforce and attracting great applicants to your business. If you’d like to find out more about apprenticeships or promoting opportunities with your organisation to local people in Slough, please contact Fiona Jones, Chief Executive Slough Aspire via manager@sloughaspire.com.