On Friday, 9th October Nik Hardy, founder & MD of Hardy Signs and Ben Laing, Managing Director of Branston Golf Club spoke to John Taylor High School MEDal programme students, as two respective industry leaders.

Branston Pavilion was chosen as the venue for the high quality of its premises and service that would impress and establish a lasting memory of a successful event on the students.

MEDaL is an Employability Skills programme specifically designed to provide school students (age range 15 – 19) with the generic skills that every employer would want to see in a new recruit to their organisation. These skills are frequently referred to as the “soft skills” needed in the workplace. It is however increasingly evident that these skills are actually “essential” in order that young people are properly equipped to be “work ready “.

The workshops are usually delivered off site in venues that have included local pub and hotel function rooms where refreshments are provided. Consequently, the programme was nicknamed “MEDaL” as the assembled group do indeed Meet, Eat, Drink and Learn.

Before students received a medal for attending the workshops, they heard from Mr. Nik Hardy and Ben Laing.

Nik talked about his journey over the last 30 years. From being an apprentice at Slynns Traditional Signwriters, to starting Hardy Signs in 1993 and becoming the President of Burton & District Chamber of Commerce in 2018. Workshops were lead by Professor Jo Andrews Director and Founder of MEDal Ltd. Deputy Head of John Taylor High School, Mr. James Twynham was also in attendance in a supportive capacity.

Significantly, in addition to Nik Hardy’s inspiring talk & encouragement to those present, Ben Laing, of Branston Club was approached immediately by three students who were keen to gain work experience & be part of the success of Branston Golf & Country Club.

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The event was supported by the Barton & Dunstall Key Trust with Mr. Adrian Wedgwood, trustee of the charity being present.

In the photo from L-R (Adrian Wedgwood (Branston Golf Club & Barton & Dunstall Key Trust), Ben Laing (Branston Golf & Country Club), James Twynham & Jo Andrews (John Taylor High School) and Nik Hardy (Hardy Signs & Burton&District Cahmber of Commerce)


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