Over 150 Bury College A Level students were given a unique insight into the world of work when they carried out a range of exciting work experience placements.

During a two-week period, students were given the opportunity to complete placements in a wide range of industry sectors. These placements were carefully selected to individual students in order to support learners in gaining the skills and knowledge needed to help them progress into their chosen fields.

Students enjoyed completing work experience opportunities at a range of institutions which included primary and secondary schools, digital design agencies, hospitals, Greater Manchester Police and accountancy firms.

Committed to providing learners with work experience opportunities, Bury College learners have the opportunity to enhance their employability skills through high quality placements which add value to their CVs as well as a chance to improve confidence and communication skills.

A Level students Gabrielle Richards, Ryann Brooks and Majenta Waterhouse completed their work experience placements at Pimhole Community Farm in Bury. During the placement the trio were responsible for cleaning out the animals and the stables as well as handling, feeding and watering the animals.

Former The Elton High School pupil Majenta Waterhouse, who is studying A Level History, Biology and Psychology, said, “I am currently in the process of applying to study Zoology at university. By completing this work experience, I am able to gain new skills which I can include on my CV and UCAS application. This opportunity has given me a real insight into the different aspects of working with animals and I have really enjoyed it.”

Lindsey Wilson-Willis, Curriculum Director of A Levels at Bury College, added, “At Bury College we are really keen to ensure that all our students complete periods of meaningful work experience as part of their overall study programme.  It is an excellent way of helping them cement their future career aspirations and provides a useful insight into the world of work as well as allowing students to further develop their employability skills.”

Stephen Greenhalgh, a former The Derby High School pupil who is studying A Level Film Studies, Biology and History, secured a work experience placement at Bolton FM. The local radio station, who are proud to support young people with work experience opportunities, believes strongly in the importance of work experience. James Pilkington, Station Producer and Volunteer Co-ordinator at Bolton FM, said, “Work experience can be extremely valuable and Stephen has performed very well during his placement. Stephen will be leaving this placement with a pre-recorded show where he has built a show from scratch, chosen songs and created links. Furthermore Stephen has developed both his IT and communication skills.”

If there are any businesses who would like to offer work experience to Bury College students, please contact Louise Putland, Bury College Work Experience Placement Co-ordinator, on 0161 280 8430.

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