Offering work experience to the younger generation
Some of you may know Sam and Emma, they are they eldest children of the 4 directors and after completing their GCSEs this summer they worked on the boats and in the office respectively, familiarising themselves with the company and gaining valuable work experience along the way.
Sam's main role was was working as a 3rd hand on the party boats, learning the rules and procedures for safely navigating through the busy tidal Thames while carrying passengers. Emma was based in the office, sending emails, phoning clients and updating our social media, which she says came very naturally to her because she's so used to it.
Both really enjoyed the experience, Emma said that the girls made her feel very welcome and helped to put her at her ease, while Sam was excited to get the chance to turn a boat round by himself at Greenwich one day.
Their experiences weren't without challenges, Emma was apprehensive about speaking to clients on the phone, "I was nervous about phoning the clients, but the girls in the office helped me not to overthink it". Sam meanwhile hadn't realised quite how much there is to learn to 'just' be able to drive a boat "The biggest challenge was definitely retaining the information given to me" he said.
Both said several times how helpful our staff were. Sam said "I like working with the skippers who push me to really engage with what I am actually meant to be doing, and test me on things like the geography of the river, parts of the boat, which ropes I have to get out and what my role is as 3rd hand."
Overall both found the experience overwhelmingly positive, "I like how many opportunities I have working for CPBS, I feel it will open doors for me as there is so much to learn" said Sam. When asked if they would recommend work experience to their friends Emma said "I would recommend work experience, it gives you an idea about what you may want to do for a job – as well as what you don’t want to do", while Sam simply said "Yes, it’s good pay!"