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  • Young people’s panel

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    Students are having their say in the future of our business after joining our Young People's Panel in 2017.

    Twenty three sixth formers have been recruited to the panel, an industry-first initiative which was set up last year.

    The initiative has been named as a finalist in the 2018 Institute of Customer Services Customer Satisfaction Award.

    It has been shortlisted in the Customer Focus – Large enterprise category of the awards - the winner will be announced in March.

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    Those taking part in the 2016 panel suggested two business ideas:

    • a cashback guarantee for new water meter customers - a trial scheme is set to be rolled out in the near future
    • a digital job tracker which is currently being tested.

    This year's panellists have already spent a day at our operations centre, learning about the company and spending time with directors and senior managers before being set real-life tasks.

    After their first visit, they went away to prepare for a second visit during which their ideas will be pitched in Apprentice-style presentations.

    Andy Pymer, managing director of Wessex Water Services, said: "Last year's inaugural panel proved a big success with some really bright young minds contributing ideas which we will now be implementing as a business."

    As well as gaining first hand experience of what is involved in running of one of the largest businesses in our region, the panel gives the sixth formers involved a unique opportunity to kickstart a career in the world of business.

    Find out more about last year's Young People's Panel in this video:

    How do the panellists benefit?

    They have a real influence on the decisions made by senior management as well as:

    • seeing inside the workings of a major business
    • meeting other like-minded sixth formers from around the region
    • getting a formal reference for use in UCAS or apprenticeship applications
    • getting a £100 reward for taking part.

    What do the panellists have in common?

    All the sixth formers recruited to the panel:

    • are thinking about a career in a business setting; perhaps as an engineer, a product developer, in a financial, a customer service or marketing role, or even would-be entrepreneurs who plan to run their own business one day
    • enjoy getting their point across: they take an active part in class discussions and debates and problem-solving
    • are good team players - both good listeners as well as good talkers!

    Want to know more?

    If you have any questions about the panel application process, please contact Jo Ballan-Whitfield or call 01761 239329.

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