Kitbox provides opportunities for students to take part in work-related learning and workplace experiences with exciting companies and brands.
Kitbox teams are paired with members of M&C Saatchi’s graduate scheme and challenged to develop an integrated campaign for their Kitbox business. After three weeks of mentoring and development, the teams present their plans to a group of leaders from M&C Saatchi including its chairman, Tim Duffy.
There was universal praise for the quality of the strategy, ideas developed and presentations, with Tim Duffy commenting ‘The creative industries is the UK’s most vibrant sector. If the entrepreneurial zeal and creativity of these students is anything to go by, our future is going to be in very good hands.’
Students attend a workshop at Unilever to develop their selling technique. Steve Kearns, Channel and Strategy Controller for Out of Home Ice Cream outlined Unilever’s Six Steps to Selling and showed how the principles could help the students attract customers, fuel demand and increase sales for their Kitbox business. Commenting on the programme, Steve said: ‘Kitbox is a great way for students to set themselves apart from their peers. It adds credibility to your CV with the practical skills and competencies that I look for when interviewing candidates.’
Students participate in a Lean StartUp workshop at Intuit, the QuickBooks software company. Over the course of the day, experts from Intuit guide students through the process, helping them to come up with new ways to improve their Kitbox business and then test their best idea with real customers.
The workshop gives students real insight into the techniques successful companies use to innovate and make decisions. Importantly, it also gives students a framework they could use to improve and grow the Kitbox business at their school.
To help Kitbox students get started with their networking, LinkedIn host special workshops at its London headquarters. Hosted by Charles Hardy, education engagement lead for LinkedIn, the session gives Kitbox students valuable insights to help them create a ‘professional identity’, including tips for developing an effective “elevator pitch” to stand out to recruiters. “We had a brilliant time at LinkedIn,” said Dressa, a student from a north London school. “It was a great opportunity to understand the importance of networking for our future careers. It was also an amazing experience to see where a multinational company runs its operations.”
Would your company benefit from more skilled, confident and work ready young people? Would your employees benefit from helping students run a business? Do you want to raise awareness of your company to young people and their families across the UK? If yes, then a partnership with Kitbox could work for you!