In­dus­try Week sees stu­dents gain valu­able work ex­pe­ri­ence

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

STU­DENTS got stuck in at work ex­pe­ri­ence place­ments with their col­lege.

Full-time stu­dents from Mac­cles­field Col­lege swapped the class­room for real work ex­pe­ri­ence place­ments.

As part of the col­lege’s an­nual In­dus­try Week, more than 1,000 stu­dents aged 16-18 com­pleted a range of ex­pe­ri­ence boost­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and in line with their cur­rent study pro­gramme.

Many took up work place­ments with some of the re­gion’s most recog­nised or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Through the col­lege’s links with em­ploy­ers, stu­dents were of­fered a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties and were guided in sourc­ing their own work place­ments, giv­ing them a real sense of what it is like to be a job seeker.

Learn­ers then spent a full work­ing week along­side an in­dus­try men­tor at their cho­sen com­pany.

Brit­tany Houn­slow, who stud­ies Level 1 Carpentry and Join­ery at Mac­cles­field Col­lege, said: “I split my week work­ing for JD Davies & Sons and May­bin Con­struc­tion.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence and I learnt a lot in just five days, hav­ing helped to in­stall a stair­case, kitchen and wood­work un­der roof tiling.

“I took pho­to­graphs of the work I did through­out the week and pre­sented it to my course mates when I got back to the col­lege.

“I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in de­sign and wood­work and hav­ing the chance to gain prac­ti­cal skills is an amaz­ing part of study­ing at Mac­cles­field Col­lege, as the tu­tors al­ways try their hard­est to help us find work ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Other ac­tiv­i­ties that took place dur­ing In­dus­try Week in­cluded ex­pert en­ter­prise and en­tre­pre­neur­ial ses­sions and vis­its from alumni stu­dents.

Manch­ester Metropoli­tan Univer­sity held in­no­va­tion ses­sions and there were also no­table guest speak­ers, in­clud­ing Nick Wester from Mercedes Benz to mo­tor ve­hi­cle stu­dents and ra­dio­g­ra­pher Chris Walsh vis­ited the sci­ence stu­dents.

Chantelle Dew­berry, as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal for vo­ca­tional cur­ricu­lum at Mac­cles­field Col­lege, said: “It’s the col­lege’s pri­or­ity to en­sure that ev­ery stu­dent has the op­por­tu­nity to gain as much ex­pe­ri­ence as pos­si­ble.

“As well as im­prov­ing stu­dents’ em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills and mak­ing in­dus­try con­tacts, prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence helps learn­ers to nar­row down their in­ter­ests and fo­cus on what they re­ally en­joy. We truly sup­port our learn­ers to build a pur­pose­ful ca­reer.”

Full-time stu­dents from Mac­cles­field Col­lege re­cently swapped the class­room for work ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing In­dus­try Week

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