Confessions of a Placement Student: September


September has flown by and it seems almost everyone in the team has had time off at some point. Becky even cut the umbilical cord and left me alone for a whole week! I must say though, the solo week did at least teach me one thing – I know a lot more about my role than I give myself credit for. Without the safety net of checking what I’m doing is right, I have become much more independent.

At the end of last month Josh Race from our Accounts Support team achieved his AAT Professional Diploma with a Merit. Having spent the past 2 years attending Highbury College in Portsmouth for night classes, Josh is now fully qualified as an Accounting Technician. Well done Josh!

This month we started our latest ISO journey as we begin the transition to becoming ISO 9001:2015 accredited. There are several key changes from ISO 9001:2008 that we need to implement before we are officially audited in 9 months time.  I’m looking forward to getting involved with this project during my time here.

Feature of the month: Meat Sweats

In Support we had a team meal at Casa Brasil in Port Solent, Portsmouth. For those of you who don’t know, it’s an all you can eat Brazilian rodizio experience.

Casa Brasil picture

When we arrived there was a ‘help yourself’ buffet of hot and cold sides, with everything from sweet potato fries to mixed chillies – we weren’t short of choice. Then, on return to our table, the fun started – if you’re vegetarian or vegan you may not want to read much further! The meat began to flow as waiters visited us with large skewers of meat which they carved at the table. With 20 hungry mouths to feed, there wasn’t much time spent without a waiter at our table! They served every delicious meat dish you could think of: chicken wings, gammon, leg or lamb, parmesan pork, Brazilian sausages and prime cuts of beef.

I think it’s fair to say many of us experienced the glistening meat sweats that come with being too polite to say no to a 3rd offering of delicious pork belly.

The meal was a great chance for us to all get to know each other better. You can certainly learn a lot about a person by their reactions to a massive skewer of their favourite meat.

If you missed my blog post last month then you can find it here.