By Ciara Simpson, Second Year, Pearson Business School student
To begin, we had an introductory speech about the history of the building from Andy Gillman MBE, MoD Outreach Programme Director. It was fascinating to hear of the building's extraordinary past and how the building houses Henry VIII's wine cellar in the basement which was relocated when construction resumed after World War II.
Next to speak was Sam Griffiths, the Private Secretary to Minister of the Reserves. She explained the background of the government and the role of MPs and ministers as well as her sharing the the challenges and rewards of her own role. It was then followed by Q&A with the students which gave us the chance to understand her thoughts about working for the MOD and to ask more about its role in the UK.
Phillip Oliver the Deputy Head, Future Head Office Project at UK Ministry of Defence then presented us with the team challenge where we worked in groups and presented our two minute pitch. These were based on our ideas in regards to how the MOD can recruit and retain talent specifically to the questions we received.
After a wonderful lunch, Phillip and Andy introduced our afternoon Crisis Management Activity. Our challenge was to assign specific roles within our group such as the Prime Minister, Foreign secretary and the United Nations before suggesting ways to solve the crisis described to us. We had to advise how we would promote negotiations between conflicting provinces and assist evacuation of UK citizens out of Dacan in a press conference set up. Each group had five minutes to present which was followed by questions from the ‘press’. Following a coffee break the winners were announced and I was in the winning team!
I learnt so much about the MOD and the importance of it through this industry event. Not only did we enrich our team working and presentation skills, we had the opportunity to use crisis management skills which was new to us. The atmosphere was energetic throughout the staged press conference and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Therefore I would like to thank the speakers who gave us a brilliant insight into the MOD and to Pearson College London for arranging the day.