In an industry fuelled by innovation and learning it would be all too easy to sit back enjoy the benefits of the education system without investing the time to offer direction, input and resources.
At Honeystone we embrace change as part of our culture and understand that new ideas, new techniques and new employees all require best in class infrastructure to incubate. This infrastructure of course has to be functioning long before these resources can contribute to our product development or production cycles.
We have a broad strategy for engaging with the education system we rely on so heavily which starts locally but intimately has a very global reach.
At a local level we engage wherever possible with local schools. Offering students work experience is a great way to give something back and helps to identify the leaders and innovators of the future.
We have worked closely with St John’s school in Marlborough as well as Devizes School and projects have included our directors acting as Dragons for Business Study classes and developing customer service projects with students gaining their first experience of the workplace.
We are especially proud of a local intern from 2015 who recently achieved 10 A-stars in her GCSEs.
Countywide and regional
At a county level Honeystone has worked with Wiltshire College, employing and educating apprentices and actively participating in the employer’s forum for the degree course.
We were delighted to be given a tour of the new Chippenham campus during the build phase and thrilled to attend the official opening in December 2015.
We enjoyed meeting met with Tidworth Mayor Chris Franklin at a careers event and also made some useful connections with local training organisations.
Thinking and acting global
Working with Stuart Busby, Head of Redhills Primary School in Exeter has been a most rewarding experience. Building a website for the Rafiki Group which brings together schools from Britain, Tanzania and America gave us a unique insight into the work being done to improve teaching standards globally.
We were honoured when Stuart invited us to become a sponsor for a new teaching collage in Tanzania and look forward to the regular updates on progress as the college is built.
As we look towards the future continuous professional development (CPD) will continue to play a big role in making sure we deliver the best solutions to our clients. In fast moving and dynamic industry our clients need access to best in class technologies and practices in order to stay secure, efficient and competitive at all times – training and development is the key to delivering this for them.
I founded Honeystone in 2003 to help people achieve greater success by harnessing the awesome power of the internet. Formulating strategies, helping build brands and seeing clients thrive are my primary motivators. The professional and technical development of Honeystone underpins this and I am extremely proud to work with a team who share my vision of how we can make the internet a better place for all users. Badminton, cycling, entertaining and live music are some of my other passions.