In September, six new Discovery Trainees began their careers at IQ-EQ. This year, things were a little different but it didn’t stop them having fun during their induction!
It was a packed four days where they learnt more about themselves, the IQ-EQ business and our passion for giving back to our local communities.
During lockdown and the months leading up to the Trainees joining IQ-EQ, we thought it would be great for them to organise a CSR day. A few zoom calls later and lots of enthusiasm and great ideas, they agreed to spend their second day at the local Jersey Zoo Durrell. They went behind the scenes and met the team who are responsible for the orang-utans’ welfare and their enclosure. Our Trainees spent the day clearing brambles and tidying up the banks whilst the orang-utans kept a close eye from over the water.
Charlotte Truscott, Discovery Trainee explained, “We chose to support the Jersey Zoo as we all knew how COVID had affected them, not only had visitor numbers significantly dropped, and fundraising events were cancelled, but they also rely heavy on volunteers to help maintain the grounds. We wanted to offer our help during this difficult time and bring awareness as to how much time, effort and money goes into maintaining these endangered animals.”
Rachel Alley, Discovery Trainee shared, “The Jersey Zoo Durrell were so grateful and we were really glad we were able to help and have an amazing experience. The icing on the cake was a trip around the zoo and learning more about the orang-utans and how Jersey Zoo has people based in Sumatra to help support and train local people to try and restore the endangered species’ local habitat.”
On the final day of the induction, the Trainees put on their IQ-EQ branded aprons and armed with cooking utensils they took to the kitchens to prepare a whopping 284 meals from start to finish including peeling a mountain of potatoes for the Grace’s Trust. This charity supports local people who are vulnerable and struggling. They provide Saturday lunches, a foodbank, grocery deliveries and listening to people and their stories, to see what has brought them to Grace’s Trust and then work out the best way to assist them.
As Discovery Trainee Cat Marques said, “It was tiring as we were on our feet all day, but it was really rewarding to see how many meals we had made at the end of the day.”
Jake Bates, another of our new Trainees commented, “It was a really great week, lots of fun, hard work but also rewarding. The induction we had really helped us get to know each other and work well as a team.”
Well done to all our Discovery Trainees for your amazing efforts, and welcome to IQ-EQ!