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Ex-Neale-Wade Academy pupil Owen goes back to school to share employment experience

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Customer services assistant Owen Lofts returned to his former school to help inspire pupils onto the right employment path for them.

Owen and Linda at the recent careers day at Neale-Wade Academy. (7321638)
Owen and Linda at the recent careers day at Neale-Wade Academy. (7321638)

The 19-year-old, who has worked at The Nottingham’s March branch for over two years, attended a careers day at Neale-Wade Academy with colleague Linda Ross.

Going back to his educational roots gave Owen the chance to positively talk to Year 7-11 students and their parents about his progression with the building society since joining as an apprentice aged16.

Owen said: “As a building society we are passionate about supporting employability in our communities so I jumped at the chance to return to my old school and talk about my experience of working life so far.

“Leaving school at 16 can be a daunting prospect but finding a good employer that will invest in you and support your development is key. I wanted to be able to show them that doing well at school - that exact school in my case - can lead to a good job and prospects. I haven’t looked back since joining The Nottingham and my career is progressing well.”

Nicola Roberts, The Nottingham’s Cluster Manager for the Cambridgeshire area, added: “Owen has been extremely enthusiastic, professional and hard working ever since he joined us and it’s been great to watch him grow and progress here.

“If just one ounce of his enthusiasm and pride rubbed off on the young people at the careers day then it will be a step in the right direction for them.”

To find out more about the building society’s community work visit www.thenottingham.com.

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