Collyer’s welcomed back former student Guy Watts, now Managing Director at Architectural Plants in Pulborough.

During a chat-show style session hosted by Deputy Principal Steve Martell, the students asked Guy questions about his success story, charity work, ‘light-bulb’ moments and work experience. They were also fascinated to hear about how he and a friend, Andrew Delaney, achieved the first tandem row across the Indian Ocean to gain a place in the Guinness World Records!
Lucy Hargreaves, Employability Programme Co-coordinator, said: “Guy Watts is a great role-model for our students and it was an honour to welcome him back to Collyer’s to support our Employability course.”

The aim of the busy and insightful session was to help students, who are currently studying the highly rated Collyer’s Employability course in their second year at the college, gain an understanding of the world of work and how to plan their futures.

Guy Watts told the students: “This programme is fantastic and I’m delighted to help you with your next steps, and support Steve and Lucy on the great work they are doing on this ground-breaking course. You are lucky to have teachers that care so much about your futures.

“I used to sit in this very lecture theatre when I was at Collyer’s and the advice I would give you is to ask questions and try and pursue a career in something that interests you. I would also advise listening to advice, as I probably wouldn’t have done when I was your age!”

The employability group were also given advice and guidance for future sessions, which will focus on networking skills and planning for interviews.

Deputy Principal, Steve Martell, said: “It sounds cheesy, but Guy Watts is genuinely one of the good guys! The students were absolutely spellbound and he was truly an inspiration to us all.

“We are thrilled to have Guy’s support on our Employability Programme. He is as passionate as we are and believes that young people should make informed choices and be fully prepared for their futures.”

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