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Top Shropshire businessman returns to school to share his expertise
15 Feb 2016
by Dani Wozencroft

A top manager of a thriving Shropshire firm has returned to the school he spent three years studying at to share his business secrets with current students.

Paul Allman, Group Board Director for Hawk Group, returned to Thomas Adams School in Wem to lead a presentation and workshop about the construction industry and opportunities to work in it.

The company, which is one of the UK’s leading plant hire firms and is based between Whitchurch and Wem, is a member of the Thomas Adams Aspirational Partners network which is committed to inspiring students.

Mr Allman said: “It was a great privilege to go back to the school I spent many years studying at and deliver a talk to the students.

“In many ways the school hasn’t changed much – but you can also tell how modern it has become.

“It still has the same family atmosphere and everyone I met was very friendly, the students really engaged with the presentation and I heard great comments during the workshop.

“In many cases the students had not considered the wide variety of jobs available in the construction industry so it was good to share this with them and show them just how many opportunities there are for men and women.

“Thomas Adams School certainly gave me a good grounding in life and opened my eyes to the variety of jobs I could do, so I hope I have done this in some small way for the pupils I met this week.”

Hawk was named Company of the Year at the Shropshire Business Awards in 2014 as well as being shortlisted at the same event and scooping a Building Excellence Award last year.

The presentation at the school in Lowe Hill Road was delivered to an assembly of Year 10 students and the workshop that followed focused on employability skills.

Senior teacher Tom McAleavy said it was an inspirational day which the students enjoyed.

He said: “Allowing people in the world of business to present and work with our students can broaden their horizons and create awareness about the raft of opportunities that are out there, as well as tackling stereotyping of industry sectors.
“To have an international company such as Hawk on our doorstep willing to work with us can allow us to empower our students to take ownership of their futures.”

Other companies involved in the Aspirational Partners network at the school include Salop Design, Jacobs and the Shropshire Housing Group.

Head teacher Liz Dakin said: “We are very grateful to Mr Allman for taking time out of his no-doubt packed schedule to come and speak to our students.

“It has once again showed them that you can build a good career and work at international firms after completing your education here at Thomas Adams School.”

Paul Allman of Hawk speaks to Thomas Adams School pupils

Paul Allman of Hawk speaks to Thomas Adams School pupils