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Bath Ales visit a 'Hitz' with youngsters

25 August 2015

As part of Bath Rugby Foundation HITZ project, learners have the opportunity to access different work placements in order to get a taste of what job opportunities there are in a variety of local businesses.

The learners were recently invited to local business and Bath Rugby partners Bath Ales for a tour of the factory and brewery, in addition to seeing what positions are required to run a successful local business such as theirs. The learners where shown around by Sales Director Mark Harding, who gave a detailed insight to how the business is run and what Bath Ales look for in new employees. Mark took the young people around all areas of the business - from bottling to HR, finances and marketing - explaining what each department does and how their employees are able to progress in the business.

Stephen Barber, Bath Rugby HITZ Officer, said: "I'm really thankful Bath Ales have agreed to work with us and allow our young people to visit the brewery to see how it is run. A lot of our young people don't realise what job roles are needed to run a successful business and having Mark take them round to see first hand what jobs are done here is really beneficial for our young people. A lot of them have no idea what employment route they want to go down so visiting a workplace such as Bath Ales opens their eyes to jobs they didn't think they would be interested in until seeing it for themselves."

Bath Ales Sales Director Mark Harding added: "We are very passionate about what we do at Bath Ales and part of this is sharing our knowledge and experiences with other people. I was delighted when the HITZ team at Bath Rugby asked if they could come for a visit. We took a tour of the brewery and bottling plants, which showed a different side of our business that is not always apparent from the offset."

"We have taken on a lot of young people and through training they have risen through the ranks to be a valuable part of our team and have obtained qualifications in their roles. Everyone has to start somewhere and I would be happy to take on any one of the lads that came to visit."

The HITZ Programme tackles some of the greatest challenges facing young people today: unemployment, crime and disillusionment. Delivered nationally by Premiership Rugby and funded by national partners Barclays, Comic Relief, Land Rover and Wooden Spoon, HITZ uses rugby to increase young people's resilience, self-reliance and confidence.

For more information on the award winning HITZ programme, contact Stephen Barber, HITZ Officer Stephen.barber@bathrugby.com

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