High quality Industry Placements so valuable to students and employers
A new initiative that links Havering Sixth Form College to employers in the local and wider area has been a huge success in securing high quality work experience placements for more than 40 students.
Government funding for the Industry Placements scheme has enabled the College to establish business contacts where employers offer extended work experience opportunities for a minimum of 45 days over the academic year.
Law firms, insurance companies, special needs schools, office-based charities and care homes have all given students from a variety of courses the chance to build experience in their chosen future careers.
Kehinde Ogundele and Ciaran Ivie, both BTEC Health & Social Care students, have been taking part in work experience for six months at the Willows Care Home in Romford and at Fountains Care Centre in Rainham.
They have found the experience challenging but rewarding. As well as her Industry Placement there, Kehinde is now also a valued member of staff, having successfully applied for a part-time role at the weekends.
Ciaran said: “I have learned a lot of skills and have been able to use them for lessons and assessments at College. Working in this field has definitely made me more mature.”
Feedback from the staff at the care homes has been excellent, indicating a real commitment and a natural caring nature that is really appreciated by the residents.
Pictured above, left to right, are Procurement & Implementation Officer Sam Hennessey-Lowther, Ciaran Ivie, Industry Placements Officer Janice Spriggs, Eros Bercaru and Kehinde Ogundele.
Student Eros Bercaru is studying the Business BTEC Extended Diploma and was keen to gain experience in an office environment to support his classroom learning. Local insurance company, Grove & Dean, agreed to offer Eros an Industry Placement and have been impressed with his commitment and enthusiasm.
Eros said: “Taking part in this industry placement has been very beneficial as I have been able to discover how a business actually works.”
Legal Secretaries and Law student Caitlin Francois passed a tough selection process to secure an Industry Placement with BCLP, a London law firm. She says the experience has been very valuable. “I love working at BCLP and hopefully this placement will assist me in the future when I leave College.”
Employers are also benefiting from the experience. One said: “Whilst it's an opportunity for the student to gain a thorough understanding of the workplace, it is also a great opportunity for us to develop what could be our employees of the future.”
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