Four Year 10 students recently undertook work placements at Isover Saint Gobain, based on the Whitehouse Industrial Estate in Runcorn.
Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy’s work experience programme provides students with the opportunity to gain a first-hand insight into how organisations work and are bespoke to individual students. The placements are tailored to the interests and strengths of each individual and provide them with the skills and experience that will allow them to stand out to potential employers.
Mrs Jarvis, Careers Co-ordinator at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy who has set up an excellent community working link with local company Isover Saint Gobain, said:
Participating in a work experience enables our students to be valued members of our community. It also assists them in choosing the right sector to work in when considering a career path in the future.
Jamie Niandpradit, who was on as Catering placement said:
I really loved learning how to prepare the meals for the employees and how to present food. I had the opportunity to speak to new people and I feel so much more confident after this experience. I have always wanted to be a chef and being able to see all of the other cool things that you get to do when working in catering, has made me want to do this even more. The only downside of the placement was that it was not long enough!
William Allanson who was delighted to gain an Engineering placement said:
I really enjoyed doing my work experience at Isover. It really helped me to improve my communication skills and the experience of welding some of the machinery was brilliant. The placement has helped me to feel much more confident and I would really like to work for Isover Saint Gobain in the future.
Udom Deesamer secured a placement in the company’s Finance Department and he thought the experience of working in the Finance Team helped to prepare him for later life and the real world of work.
Whereas James Batty really enjoyed his time on a Science Laboratory placement. He added:
I learnt loads of new things and new terminology too. Getting the impurities out of the gullet and taking samples from the insulation was really interesting. I also enjoyed working with new people. This was difficult at first but everyone made me feel really welcome and so in no time I was working with them in a much more confident way. It was great!
More of OBA’s Year 10 students will taking part in work experience placements during the course of this year, so watch this space for more news!