The world of work can be a daunting place. However, 90 of our students rose to the challenge and successfully completed a week of work experience from 11 to 15 March.
All these students are studying a one-year level two programme at Notre Dame, re-taking maths or English GCSE alongside other courses. We helped these students to find work placements in order to develop their employability skills and inspire them to consider a full range of potential career options.
Our students worked with a huge variety of employers across Leeds. These included:
• Network Rail
• Leeds Teaching Hospitals
• Marriott Hotels, Hilton Hotels, and Oulton Hall Hotel
• Charities such as Stop Hate UK, Brain Tumour Research and the Geraldine Connor Foundation
• A variety of primary and high schools including Broomfield South SILC
• SARAS Technology and Asda’s Technology Department
• Aventus Law and Kamrans Solicitors
The employers gave our students fantastic feedback, complimenting them on their professionalism and ability to fit into a working environment. Some even said they would be happy to recruit our students, based on their excellent performance in such a short space of time. Springbank Primary School said their student was, ‘Brilliant with the children, showing patience, positivity, and a warm and friendly attitude.’ Sagars Accountants praised their student for his ‘professionalism, smart dress, punctuality and the ability to ask many relevant questions’.
The students returned to college this week full of positivity and newfound confidence. For many, direct experience of the career they wish to pursue has added an extra level of motivation for achieving the grades they need to progress.
We are very proud of the students who represented Notre Dame so well in different work places, and who have made such a positive impression on members of the local community.