Terex Coalville, a manufacturing site belonging to Terex®—global manufacturer of materials processing machinery and aerial work platforms—and Molson Group—the UK’s largest independent distributor of new and used equipment for the construction, demolition, recycling, aggregate and port industries—recently joined forces to inspire participants of the HITZ Programme that supports young people into meaningful employment.

The HITZ Programme is the Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme that supports 14–24-year-olds who struggle in mainstream education environments and need assistance to gain qualifications and become more work ready. Part of this programme consists of work experience with local organisations over a period of four months, gaining essential work skills and experience.

Kyle Barnes, a former participant of the Leicester Tiger HITZ programme is now employed as a Stores Operative at Terex Coalville, after completing his work experience at the site and impressing the management team with his work ethic and attitude. On hearing of his achievements, Molson Group, distributor of Terex equipment, invited Kyle to visit their facility in Bristol. The purpose of the visit was to connect Kyle with other successful HITZ students who had gained employment at Molson Group through the Bristol Bears HITZ programme.

“The visit provided an opportunity to build a support network between HITZ programme participants at Terex Coalville and Molson Group,” said Andrew Bullock, Operations Director, Terex Coalville. “Kyle found the experience truly enlightening, observing how other HITZ programme graduates had gained valuable knowledge and taken on responsibilities within their respective roles at Molson. It also educated Kyle to the importance of his own contributions as well as those of our distribution network in delivering for our customers.”

During his visit, Kyle shared his understanding of the equipment manufactured at Terex Coalville and his role in their production with the Molson team, who were interested to understand his perspective. Kyle also met with accomplished HITZ students at Molson Group and discussed and shared experiences with them. The trip also included a visit to a local quarry to see the machines in the working environment.

“The visit was helpful, as it showed me how the HITZ programme can provide other young people like me with opportunities. It’s not just a job; it’s about being part of a team, contributing to something bigger, and having an impact,” said Kyle.

Paul Glanville, Corporate Social Responsibility Lead at Molson Group said, “Our collaboration with the HITZ programme is not just about transforming the lives of young individuals but also inspiring others to join this journey into meaningful employment. Seeing Kyle confidently articulate his responsibilities at Terex Coalville while interacting with our own participants of the HITZ programme is a perfect example of the opportunities that lie ahead when organisations come together to nurture young talent.”