Here & now

Work Life at Paddington


Last week we were delighted to welcome pupils from St Edward's RC primary school to Paddington Central as part of The Floating Classroom's Life Afloat project. 

In groups, they were able to visit various parts of the campus and meet a variety of people, covering a range of different jobs, for some inspiring career talks.

Melissa Alexandrou, property manager at 2 Kingdom Street, explained the importance of making sure the building is always in good working order for the companies that occupy the building and discussed the need for excellent communication and project management skills as well as a keen eye for detail.

Calvin Clean, Paddington Central's very own cleaning robot, was especially excited to meet the children.

On their travels, the pupils visited Vodafone's Paddington offices where they met Fiona Tesfai who works in the HR team. She talked to the pupils about her role in the company's student programme and the skills and experience they can offer. Fiona also introduced the students to some exciting technology, including Pepper, the in-house robot.

It wasn't all robots though. The pupils learned all about the NATO phonetic alphabet and communicating via radio during a visit with Tim Bonfield, Paddington Central's head of security, who also explained his role in ensuring that the buildings are secure and that the campus is a safe environment for everyone.

One of the key objectives of the project is to bring the heritage of the city’s canals to life for local children so that they understand more about where they live and feel a sharper sense of connection to it; to engage meaningfully with people working there to acquire knowledge, enhance their confidence in terms of speaking and questioning and to spark their curiosity and creativity.

The Floating Classroom is a purpose-built electric barge moored adjacent to Paddington Central operated by local charity, Beauchamp Lodge Settlement. On board, they offer curriculum-relevant, fun and hands-on learning activities to primary school children as they travel along the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals.

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