Switchgear manufacturer Vatech Reyrolle is sending graduate trainees on charity events and courses designed for schoolchildren to improve teamworking and communication skills.
The company sent eight graduates on the Children’s Aid Corporate Challenge series and has also sent recruits on The Great Egg Race and Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
‘The challenges provide an excellent vehicle for our graduate trainees to work as a team,’ said graduate training officer Graeme Popay. ‘The physical element of the challenge is demanding yet safe, and the fundraising element ensures that the exercise carries a real sense of purpose.’
Popay added that the schemes helped in the graduate recruitment process. Vatech takes on 20 graduates a year at its Hebburn site in the north east.
‘Graduates have been quite surprised that the emphasis is not just on us and what we can get out of them,’ said Popay. ‘In the past couple of years graduates have been a bit thin on the ground but we have always managed to fill our quota.’