See below for our students and employers experiences of our Work Placements:
We were really impressed with the calibre of all the students that we interviewed for our work placement position, especially as our interview process is quite in depth. Not only do we require a presentation, but we ask our applicants to complete a technical test too, and Will excelled at both.
During his time with us, Will was tasked with a specific project - looking at a web build from start to finish. To give him as much background to the project as possible, we put Will through our full induction process. We also incorporated some time for him to shadow other areas of the business so that he was able to understand how his project fitted into RotaCloud’s overall aims and objectives, and taking the time initially to do this paid dividends later on during the placement.
Will’s project required him to workwith all areas of the company, meaning he got to work on his communication skills and build his confidence in an office setting. It’s mutually beneficial, it is not just about us helping to give young people experience of the workplace, but it’s a genuine opportunity for us to engage with talented individuals. Will has done a great job here and is truly a member of the RotaCloud team.
Denise Jennings Head of HR, RotaCloud
Joseph Rowntree School Music Department
Peter Hill from the music department at Joseph Rowntree School says: "Taking on a placement student allowed us to provide our own students with a better learning experience and having another specialist musician to support and guide our students, and someone on a social level closer to their own age, was very useful. Morgan gained valuable real-life experience in the classroom."
James said: "I took on the placement at BSC Filters to get experience in manufacturing and electrical engineering, working with the CAD team, machine shop, CAM team and on the production line. Before working at BSC Filters I would not have considered manufacturing as a future career, and now I have real practical skills that I can take to a future workplace."
Colin Roe, Operations Manager at BSC Filters said: “An industry placement can open up people’s eyes to the variety of options engineering/manufacturing has to offer and students could also become future potential employees.”
Wigginton Primary School
Rob Peacock, Assistant Head at Wigginton Primary School said: "Isobel, our work placement student, enabled us to have more help in the classrooms to benefit childrens’ learning, and also enabled her to learn transferable skills. A work placement experience gives students the opportunity to see what businesses are like from the inside and also helps them decide if it is the job for them. They can then start learning and developing new skills to help them in their future career.
Twinkle Twinkle Day Nursery
Lydia Inchboard, placement student, said: "“After my Year 10 work experience at my local playgroup I was looking to gain wider knowledge and experience - I was really pleased when the Placement Team at York College found me the perfect placement opportunity at Twinkle Twinkle Nursery."
Jessica Richmond, placement student, said: "I wanted to find out how a travel agency works and learn how to create a holiday to meet customer needs. MVP is a new business and it was interesting to see how the company promotes its services. t was an insightful experience as I’m still not sure what I want to do after College, and I feel I learned tasks which will be useful if I decide to work in the travel industry.”
Sarah Pearson, Office Manager at 10 Squared said: "Our latest student has embraced every aspect of her placement so far, with several months still to go she has tried many jobs within the workshop, from bending metal on the folder machine to welding, she has tried things she never thought she would. It is not just about the work through, the placement also provides students with a real sense of what working life is about; from having to arrive on time in the mornings, learning to get along with all types of people, working in a team and dealing with clients face to face, these are all experiences you can only gain from a work placement."p>