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The last week of January was Work Experience week for Year 10 students at Frome College, with 265 students out in workplace being hosted by 225 employers. While the vast amount stayed locally, some adventurous students took the opportunity to work as far afield as London, Exeter, Plymouth, Manchester and even ventures to work abroad in Dublin, Oslo and Paris.

Students attended a wide breadth of careers including; graphic design, film making, politics, engineering, marketing, sport, publishing, photography, beauty, construction, landscaping, architecture, catering, childcare and logistics.
Placements were enjoyed at The National Trust Stourhead Park, Bristol Crown Court watching court cases, the MOD, the Physio department at Warminster Hospital, Exeter Airport with Aviation South West booking flights in and out of the airport and a flight with an instructor, Assisting an MP, East Somerset Railway, Helicopter and Aviation Services. Violet worked with prop-makers with casting and mould making and painting, for Mangostone; who make set props & models for TV, film, advertising & museums.

Students pictured here, worked at We Hear You (WHY) and Frome FM Radio and enjoyed gaining ‘on air’ presenting skills and interviewing an Adam Ant tribute band.

Many students showed their love of animals by attending Garston Vets and assisting the vet nurses, working with a dog trainer at Frome K9, grooming pets at KD Grooming Studio, working as a farm hand and feeding livestock, pet shops and Happy Landings Animals assisting in animal welfare.

Frome College have really enjoyed the array of positive feedback being emailed from so many employers. Ben from First Group said “Aiden was an absolute pleasure to have with us. He responded really well to everything asked of him and did a great job overall.”  Michael from All Hallows School emailed “The pupils, from Reception up to Year 8, really enjoyed Abi's contribution to the lessons and various musical activities she helped with. What a super student and a credit to her College.”

Some companies they found that the benefit they received, can outweigh the time they donated and some tell us they will miss their placement student as a team member; Sean from Wiltshire Council’s communications department told staff he would miss Evely and later wrote in to say she “was a credit to Frome College and we really enjoyed her working with us last week. She produced some great work that will be genuinely beneficial to us and we really appreciate it.” A couple of our students impressed so much they were offered a part time job.

Frome College teacher Miss McMunn visited Aron at his placement at SPC International in Wincanton and reported “he really has thrown himself into everything and by all accounts been given quite a bit of responsibility. When I arrived, he was grinning from ear to ear and said he was loving it so I think he must have found his niche. The employer was really impressed.” Miss March contacted Wiltshire County Hall and reported they “are particularly pleased with Evelyn. They will really miss her next week.  She has been an asset to the communications department.”

Louise Friend, Employability Co-ordinator at Frome College said “We highly appreciate employers giving their time to support our young people aged 14 and 15 in what is usually their first workplace experience. It is a huge developmental learning curve for our students; contacting employers to ask for a placement, following up, receiving knock backs and continuing to look, obtaining paperwork, learning how to be an employee and  and completing their log book of activities over the 5 days, which slightly reflects the process of job hunting and being an employee. It helps our students develop resilience, confidence as well as insight into their chosen career and skills in the workplace environment.”

Year 10 student Hallie enthused “work experience is a great opportunity for knowing about your future career. I really enjoyed my placement because I got to see behind the scenes with a publishing company and got to meet new people. I’m happy our school helps us do this because it also prepares you for later life.”

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