Work Experience

From the 4th until the 8th of July we welcomed four students with different career prospects into the world of work.  Here’s what they had to say about their week:

Joanne Spain, Year 12, Outwood Grange 

Over the course of the last week I have been situated within the HR department.  I also attended multiple training courses which will be of use to me in the future. The week was filled with tasks which gave me a deeper understanding into the world of work, as well as giving me an authentic experience of the human resources department. Tasks varied massively and allowed me to focus on everything from training to recruitment. This opportunity has been of great value to me as it has given me first-hand experience in a working environment whilst developing my skills. I am grateful for the opportunity I have been given which has allowed me to gain skills that will enhance my future employability in any field.

Jacob Barnes, Year 10, Kettlethorpe High School

I have learnt how a family run company can be successful and grow as a business.  Over the 5 days at the Lofthouse Gate office I have developed and learnt new ideas of civil engineering. During the week we were placed with different department which showed us how they completed the projects they were given – this gave me an insight into the ways in which challenges are overcome. Also whilst offsite I became aware of the difficult sites that DrainsAid have to work on and how a job is taken from an idea on a computer to being put in place on a site.

Victoria Chown, Year 12, Outwood Grange

Having been given a work placement I hoped to find out what tasks and practical work is involved in the civil engineering industry and whether I would enjoy doing these as part of a career, while also learning information and transferable skills about general working life. Through the week we went on site-visits and were given tasks which have provided a glimpse into what different roles are required within a firm such as this. I found the time spent here to have been very helpful and applicable on a wider basis, such as the health, safety and environment training.

Danny Bennett, Year 12, Outwood Grange

I have learnt lots about both the industry and the wider impact that construction has on local people and the environment. I enjoyed my time here and I feel that it has helped guide me on my future options. I feel it has made me more likely to pursue a career in construction – before this work experience I had hoped to train as an architect and I feel I have learnt a lot about that even though this is a civil engineering company. I have learnt a lot of transferable skills that I will use in my future and not forget throughout my career.