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