West Ham United recently invited a group of our Foundation Skills learners to the store at their London Stadium ground, where students were shown different work areas within the store and even tried some of the job roles including personalising shirts, shirt printing and shop-floor duties.
The invite was in celebration of Purple Tuesday, which aims to encourage customer-facing businesses to make changes to improve the experience for disabled customers over the long term.
Foundation Skills lecturer Sian Cappi said of the experience:
The students absolutely loved it. They’ve enjoyed coming along, looking at how everything works. They’ve enjoyed the supermarket sweep, going around the store and looking at different items too. For them to come here and see they could possibly find employment within the store is fantastic for them.
Supporting Sian’s statements, the students also expressed their enjoyment, with many saying they had ‘lots of fun’ or ‘a lovely time’.
The entire team at West Ham were fantastic with the students and really did put them at ease. They all took the time to explain the different areas of work within the store and were very friendly and approachable.
To the students’ surprise, they were also invited pitch side, where they were able to see the pitch close-up and have their photos taken in the dugout seats, as shown above.
A great day was had by all and we would like to thank West Ham for the priceless opportunity.