Once again students taking our one-year ND Pathway programme have excelled on their work experience placements. These students, who are studying level 2 qualifications and re-taking GCSE English or Maths, had their first experience of a professional workplace from 9 to 13 March.
Each student was matched with an employer based on their long-term career aspirations, enabling them to gain an insight into their sector of choice. Employers included Asda Technology, Leeds City Council, John Sisk and Son Engineers, and Migration Yorkshire.
The positive and mature approach taken by our students was clear from the excellent feedback from employers, who were particularly impressed at how quickly they adapted to their new surroundings. It would be impossible to list all of the praise for our students but a few examples of the comments made can be found below.
Students have said that their work experience placements have been beneficial in a variety of ways. Many reported an increase in confidence, as well as an improvement in key skills such as communication, organisation, time management and their ability to use their initiative. This has also been an opportunity for students to explore industries they might like to work in. They have gained a more accurate picture of what their future could look like, and the steps they need to take to get there.
The Careers Department would like to congratulate these students for being a true credit to Notre Dame, and would like to thank all employers involved in work experience placements for offering such high-quality opportunities to our young people.
Placement: Wates Construction Group
Employer comment: ‘We’d like to commend him for his ability to understand complex floor plans in a short space of time.’
Placement: Twinkles Nursery
Employer comment: ‘She has demonstrated a high energy but calm approach with the children. We’d love to have her back at any time.’
Placement: JPG Group (structural and civil engineering)
Employer comment: ‘He learnt how to use software to design a building, showing a natural aptitude for this kind of work. He was diligent and enthusiastic’.
Placement: Oakwood Solicitors
Employer comment: ‘She was a brilliant student who is highly capable with excellent attention to detail.’
Placement: Formations Care
Employer comment: ‘She showed great sensitivity when interacting with patients with severe dementia, had a lovely manner and was always willing to help’.