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Mike Collier, Head of Strategic Planning and Resources and Olivia Stewart at the LSC

Every year, hundreds of 14-15 year old students are let loose to roam the world of work, and are given the valuable opportunity to discover their true potential in a particular area or aspect of work.

Olivia Stewart, from Jack Hunt School decided to plunge head first into the marketing department of the Learning and Skills Council Cambridgeshire (LSC) at its offices in Peterborough. Not only was she able to witness what it is to be in a working environment, but she was also greeted with a bursting itinerary and given the opportunity to attend several meetings within her three-week stay.

During the placement, Olivia carried out a research task based on 'Employment in the Health Sector in Cambridgeshire'.

By the end of the first week Olivia had given a presentation to the marketing team on her experience so far, and of the skills she had learnt whilst working at the Learning and Skills Council.

On her last day, she will be giving a final presentation on her views of work experience. "I'm really grateful for all the time that the team has spent with me, and for being provided with an invaluable three weeks of work experience," Olivia commented. "Although unsure of the career path I want to take, I feel I have benefited hugely from my placement."

Ian Knibbs, Marketing, Communications and Research Manager of the LSC believes firmly in the value of work experience, and of providing a well structured placement;

"The transition from a school environment to work is a difficult one. Work Experience offers students the opportunity to see first hand the way a company operates, the expectations it places on employees, and the exciting possibilities work can bring.

"We are committed to learning, and by giving Olivia a genuine taste of the world of work, warts and all, we get real feedback from a member of the workforce of the future."

The work experience programmes in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire are organised by CEBLO.  For more information contact Paul Wakefield on (01480) 376000

May 2002

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