Say “Hi!” to the future generation of HGF employees! Last week, on 14th February 2020, our plant SIA HGF Riga launched its first “Shadow day” experience for schoolkids in Latvia.
This is a governmental project encouraging schools and companies to work together and offer kids the possibility to “shadow” employees for one day per year in their different functions. Very often, it is the teachers arranging the Shadow day for their classes. The project aims to allow youngsters to see how certain professions or jobs look in real life.
HGF opened its doors to 27 schoolkids (between 9-15 years). They had the chance to look behind the “HGF” scenes. The kids were split up into three groups and went through 7 different departments - Logistics, Quality, Project Management, Accounting, Production, Packing and Technical department. Each employee explained their different jobs and confronted the kids through games and tasks with the reality of each position.
For example: In Accounting, they needed to calculate the depreciation for mobile phones, in Logistics the kids needed to arrange (in correct order) steps of the supply chain: customer order, material delivery, shipment to customers, etc.
Besides the fact that the experience was very educational for all participants, it was a most enjoyable exchange and brought a lot of fun, as you may find confirmed by the below testimonials.
With the biggest pleasure, we will participate again next year!
" This experience was amazing! It is so inspiring to see how children are interested in each and every process that we have here in Riga plant. When I asked them: “Do You know what Logistics is?”, the answer was: “It is a job where you need to think very logically all the time”. No doubt about that of course " - Jana Vizule, Logistics manager
" It was very an interesting experience. I had collected different kind of ready parts and was asking children to take a decision- which part will satisfy customer and which not. I was telling real stories from our experience working with such customers like Volvo and Honda. I hope that children understood that customer satisfaction depends on how good we collaborate all together as a team. " - Ilze Amerika, Quality Manager
" Kids showed great interest in different packing operations – M?ris (3rd grade) liked to work on punch press where we are putting clipses on rubber mats, 5th grade children liked to work with strapping machine. They also saw how the packing line is working and they had an opportunity to pack some sets of TPE mats. Later they asked when and where the sets that they packed will be delivered. They were excited to hear that some of the parts that we produce and pack will go even to Brazil. Overall it was a day well spent! " - Iguna Blese, Senior Packaging Operator