The R E S Apprentice 2015
Thursday 30th September 2014
1st Round - Hersham Place Technology Park
On 30th September 16 Year 12 students from R E S started out on their journey to be crowned the next R E S Apprentice winner. Supported by Fasset we returned to Hersham Place Technology Park for the 1st round of this competition.
Now in its 10th year this competition sees students face 4 gruelling rounds working in groups, pairs and then individually throughout the competition. Following a series of eliminations at each round the remaining 4 go through to face an individually based task, their presentations to be shown at the Grand Final on Friday 6th February 2015. The final this year sees us back at Hersham Place Technology Park in their newly refurbished Auditorium. The challenges set to the students throughout the competition are all business related and set by our local business contacts who have kindly offered to sponsor one of the rounds. Throughout the competition students are encouraged to be entrepreneurial, articulate, committed and confident.
Fasset Account Manager Mitch Avis very kindly offered to support this competition once again and comments, “Fasset has supported this competition for the last 5 years and is delighted to again be part of this exciting business challenge”.
After a tour of Hersham Place by Mitch the task was set. The students worked in groups of 4 and after their names were chosen ‘out of the hat’ the students grouped together and started to work deciding on who was in charge of the different roles within their group.
Mitch tasked the students to create an initiative to work on measuring excellence in everything they do and more importantly identify ways to continue to improve the operations each and every staff member provides every day.
Students had to give their initiative a ‘name’ and come up with ideas as to how the existing 27 Fasset staff members would buy into their ideas and whether they are feasible to run as well as being cost effective. Students also had to create a customer charter/promise with a 10 point plan that would show their ideas to the tenants as well as how they were going to launch their initiative.
The 4 groups had their heads down, mind-mapping their thoughts and ideas and soon came up with ideas/logos/straplines which they were putting together to present to the judges. Students had just under 4 hours to finalise this task so were under pressure from the start.
Time was up and 16 very nervous students waited in their groups to see who would be picked to present first?
First team to present was “The Surpass Initiative” made up of Josh Dunham, Parul Obhrai, Louisa Jack & Joe Sewell.
Their idea was a points based rewards system which would allocate electronically via their ID badges when they had reached certain targets. The data was held on record boards around Hersham Place so staff could see their points rising. This led to rewards such as days out and extended holidays and treats. The team hoped that the communication between the maintenance team and the tenants can potentially be improved, therefore bridging the gap and forming a new rewards initiative that all staff would want to make successful.
STRIVE – Team members, Connor Scott, Jamie Wells, Matt Squelch and Zuliza McKenzie.
Their idea was a monetary related bonus scheme. Alongside the annual staff appraisal each Fasset staff member would also make a quarterly pledge and although this would cost Fasset £400 for each member of staff this would in turn ensure staff improve their knowledge by using the pledge money towards training needs/performance related activities. This in turn would help them in their job role and become, overall, a more effective staff member.
SHAPE – Team members Danny De’Gaetano, Danny Kamal, Harry Florio and Scott Buckley.
This teams motto was “Show Hospitality and Promote Enterprise”. The teams main idea was supplementary budgeting, the concept of which was to give each tenant that is loyal to Fasset a one-off initial monetary allowance to spend on luxuries for their offices, which are outside of their tenancy agreement. When these allowances were spent the hope is that the tenants would want to continue with these luxuries which would become chargeable. Profit would be split between the Fasset staff. This would hopefully lead to increased tenant and staff satisfaction and improved Fasset reputation.
Above & Beyond – Team members Alex Drummond, Ryan O’Connor, Will Whitmore & Tattiana Lowe.
With ideas such as Motivation Monday, a 5 weekly rewards based evaluation scheme and refresher training. These ideas focused strongly on the Fasset staff members rewarding them when they went Above and Beyond.
After all teams presented, Mitch Avis and Richard Berry, who were on the judging panel deliberated over the 4 teams ideas and who was going to be unfortunate enough to be ‘fired’.
Each team received valuable feedback and were all praised for their outstanding and professional manner in which they approached this task and the ideas they managed to come up with in such a short space of time.
The team which impressed Mitch & Richard the most was “The Surpass Initiative” followed closely by Above & Beyond and with STRIVE taking 3rd place.
This meant that SHAPE were ‘fired’ out of the competition mainly because their ideas were focusing on the tenants rather than the staff members of Fasset and this was outside of the original brief given to them.
12 students now will go through to face the 2nd round of the competition which takes place at The Bingham Hotel, Richmond on the 15th October 2014.
Well done to all students who put themselves forward to take part in this competition and good luck to those going through to the next round.
Words from Mitch “The students get better year on year and this in his opinion was the best group of students so far who all worked well together as teams and presented very professionally."
Hersham Place Technology Park is located in the Borough of Elmbridge in Surrey. Currently there are 31 companies located onsite, with 800 people doing business daily. Anchor occupier Air Products awarded regional parks operator Fasset the contract to transform their 170,000 ft2 site into a multi-tenanted business park. Full tenant listing is available on www.hershamplace.com
The Park can also accommodate longer term leases, with bespoke space solutions available from 1,200ft2 to 5,650 ft2, in collaboration with letting agents Hurst Warne.
All sales enquiries: www.hershamplace.com
For information about being involved with The Apprentice Competition please contact Sarah Maton - Business Liaison Manager on either 01932 242994 X361 or email