Collyer’s welcomed back former student Guy Watts, now Managing Director at Architectural Plants in Pulborough. Second year students studying the Employability course at the Ofsted Outstanding sixth form college, were fascinated to hear about how he and a friend, Andrew Delaney, achieved the first tandem row across the Indian Ocean for charity, which also has a place in the Guinness World Records!
During a chat-show style session hosted by Deputy Principal Steve Martell, the students asked Guy questions about his success story, charity work, ‘light-bulb’ moments and motivation.
Lucy Hargreaves, Employability Programme Co-ordinator, said: “Guy Watts was also an inspiration at our Challenge of Management day at South Lodge last summer, where he kindly sponsored free student transport to and from the event.
“He really is a superb role-model for our young people, and it was an honour to welcome him back to Collyer’s to support our Employability course.”
The aim of the busy and insightful session was to help students gain an understanding of the world of work and how to plan their futures.
Guy Watts told the students: “You are lucky to have teachers that care so much about your futures. This programme is incredible and I’m delighted to help you with your next steps, supporting Steve and Lucy on the great work they are doing on this ground-breaking course.”
The employability group were also given advice and guidance for future sessions, which will focus on networking skills, body language and planning for their mock interviews.
Deputy Principal Steve Martell said: “The students were absolutely spellbound and we are thrilled to have Guy’s support. He is as passionate as we are about making sure that young people make informed choices and are fully prepared for their futures. Guy is genuinely one of the good guys!”
“He really is a superb role-model for our young people, and it was an honour to welcome him back to Collyer’s" Lucy Hargreaves, Employability Programme Co-ordinator