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> Wexham School visits Centrica Energy for an inspirational day Thursday, 20th November 2014

Earlier this year, volunteers from the Centrica Energy legal team, headed by general counsel David Isenegger and deputy general counsel Lisa Minns, took part in a successful six week Lawyers in Schools (LIS) programme with Wexham School in Slough, delivering sessions ranging from Social Media and the Law, Discrimination and Youth Justice. The feedback from the students was very positive and provided a great opportunity for them to increase their self-confidence and ability to work together. For the volunteers, it provided us with a different and challenging environment and allowed us to develop new skills outside the office. 

As a follow-up to the LIS programme, we thought it would be a nice experience for the students to come to Millstream [Centrica's office] and gain a better understanding of the working environment of a large corporation such as Centrica.  A significant impact of the LIS programme was raising the students’ aspirations of going to university and potentially studying law and therefore the day was structured to give students an opportunity to realise the different career options available to them and understand how to make a good impression to potential employees.

The day included a series of interactive talks given by Kayleigh Ryan from the People Development Team about Centrica and the vast array of jobs available within the organisation, together with a very useful session on general career advice such as CV writing and job applications. This was followed by a presentation from the CE legal team on the different routes available to pursue a career in law. The day ended with a tour of Millstream which wouldn’t be complete without seeing the CE Legal team’s Palace of Justice.  The students were very impressed!

 Sameer Karimbhai (Centrica Lead Lawyer of the LIS Programme) and Lisa Edmond (Centrica LIS Coordinator)