Students from Colne Primet Academy have spent two weeks off timetable to gain invaluable work experience and begin thinking about their future aspirations.
The Year 10 students were able to get a taste of the workplace during their placements, and were encouraged to start thinking about their next steps after school.
A range of companies across East Lancashire supported students throughout their placements, including independent businesses, supermarkets and Nelson and Colne College.
Aidan Collins (14), who joined four other students on placement at Sainsbury’s, in Colne, said: “I have developed responsibility and confidence on my work experience, and I am pleased that Primet gave me the opportunity.”
Wesley Fawcett (14), whose work experience was with XLCR Vehicle Management, in Colne, added: “My aspiration is to work in a company like XLCR – I have been able to work in different departments on my placement, attend the conference meeting every morning, and get used to the work environment.”
And Kelly Zhou (14), who spent two weeks at Going Dutch Florist, in Nelson, said: “I have really enjoyed the work experience – I think it is definitely good to have in the school calendar. It has inspired me to look for more work placements.
“Primet always has something to help you develop – from Duke of Edinburgh, to sport competitions, to science contests.”
For some students, the work experience placements saw them gain recognition from industry professionals – including George Emmett, who was praised by a professional videographer during his time at Nelson and Colne College.
Bauer Media’s Peter Blumer, who was filming promotional videos at the college during George’s placement, said: “George was a pleasure to work with, using his own initiative to position equipment when needed.
“He also set up lighting ready for the next interview, again without being asked.
“I was very impressed with his commitment to the task - he is a credit to his school.”
Colne Primet Academy headteacher Lynne Blomley said it is committed to helping students feel ready for their transition from school to the workplace, and as such ensure that work experience placements are a core part of every Year 10 student’s study programme.
She said: “For our Year 10 students, now is a crucial time for them to begin thinking about their future, and what subjects or careers they would like to pursue.
“By spending two weeks in placement, they are able to gain crucial skills, from communication to team building, and get a real taste for a work environment.
“I am delighted to hear how much our students have benefited from their work experience, and would like to thank all the companies who offered a placement and gave our students so much invaluable advice and guidance that will stand them in good stead when they come to apply for college, an apprenticeship or a job.”