Success4All Hosts Belgium Students from Arteveldehogeschool
The students, who are all studying Human Resources at University were welcomed by Success4All’s Operations Manager, Busola Afolabi and Founder, Caroline Afolabi-Deleu for an insightful and thought-provoking conversation on the opportunities and challenges faced by our region as well as Human Resources departments in the third sector.
The purpose of the 4-day HR city tour was to explore local practices, policies and HR maps in companies and organisations in and around Newcastle.
After struggling to secure visits for her students, Erika Van Damme, Lecturer at College Artevelde, University of Ghent, contacted Success4All for support.
As a member of the North East Chamber of Commerce, Success4All was able to leverage its membership to facilitate and secure the students’ visits to NHS Mental Health, Newcastle Building Society, Newcastle United Foundation, Northumbria University & Newcastle City Council HR departments.
As a fellow Belgium herself, Busola’s Flemish was put to the test a few times, but ultimately she was glad she was able to practise her Flemish and host the students for the day, she said: ” It was great to talk to the international students who visited us from Belgium and to see what their thoughts and assumptions were on small charity HR and even more to hear their passion and intrigue about the education and welfare system in the UK, which I was not expecting.
“As a Belgium myself, I’m so glad Success4All was able to host the students and provide them with the necessary connections that ensured their visit was a success.
“I happily look forward to welcoming future international students to Success4All.”
Whilst for Caroline, who was key in facilitating the visit, said: “It was a real pleasure to host a group of HR students from my home country, Belgium. It is only sporadically that I meet a fellow Belgian in the North East. What an enthusiastic and articulate bunch of young people they were. Great discussions too with lecturers Erika Van Damme and Jo Lefevere and maybe the beginnings of some reciprocal work.”
To find out more about Arteveldehogeschool, visit: https://www.arteveldehogeschool.be/