Year 10 students from North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) worked closely with local employers as part of their work experience week.
All NSETC students have the opportunity to go on purposeful work experience during their time at the school; the Year 10 placements focus on career exploration, helping students increase their knowledge of working environments and roles.
Throughout the week, students had the opportunity to take a behind the scenes look at a range of different workplaces including CAM Machine Components, a local engineering company, The Hive, an enterprise hub based within the Junction 21 Enterprise Area and Winscombe Rainbow Montessori Nursery.
CAM Machine Components staff gave student Jacob Flavell exposure to various elements of engineering from designing a component, checking the quality of products to manufacturing. They gave him the chance to sample the work he would be involved in if he progressed such a career and encouraged him to gain as much first-hand experience as possible.
Karen Cornick, Principal at NSETC, explained: “As a school we are immensely proud of our Year 10 students that have undertaken work experience at local businesses. It is a great opportunity to showcase the positive work our students can do, whilst providing them with the chance to gain key skills in employment.
“The NSETC’s ethos is that young people need more than just excellent academic qualifications to succeed in the 21st century; they also need the transferable employability skills and breadth of experience that will make them highly attractive to future employers and universities.
“It is vital for our students to have the opportunity to get involved with employers like CAM Machine Components as there is no way that we could recreate this working environment within the school. There is something so powerful about students learning outside of the classroom; making the learning real and relevant to each individual.”
CAM Machine Components Business Development Manager, Anthony Downes said: “It’s really important to us to support the local community as much as we can. We believe that work experience is very valuable for students such as Jacob, as we can provide essential advice and practical knowledge that can help them achieve their future ambitions.”
Student Alysha Wilmot also enjoyed her work experience placement at Winscombe Rainbow Montessori Nursery. She spent a lot of time with the children, but also learnt that there’s a lot more to running a nursery than just simply looking after the children such as cleaning, administration and activity planning.
In total, 30 students at NSETC completed work experience placements across the week in settings such as construction, animal care, communications and sport and leisure.
NSETC provide all students with the chance to complete work experience placements throughout the year, as well as extended opportunities on a weekly basis, depending on their timetable. NSETC are always looking for more external work placements and would love to hear from employers willing to give students an opportunity.
Please contact Emma Cox, Business Development Manager at NSETC, Emma.Cox@nsetc.n-somerset.sch.uk for further information.