Earlier this month, our year 10 pupils completed a successful period of two weeks work experience. For many this was their first taste of the world of work and they found out what we all know; going to work is hard work. The vast majority have had a hugely rewarding time at their respective placements. We know this because of what some of the employers have had to say about their ‘trainees’:
“...very happy to have more placements from Lanfranc if they’re all like her. “ Large chain retailer in Central Croydon
“ Really helpful, we’ve been a person down and they really helped to fill the void.” All England Tennis Club.
“ Student X [male] has been brilliant. The best student we’ve ever had.” Head of a local nursery chain.
“This student has changed our view [for the better] of work experience placements.” Nursery in Beckenham.
“ Student Y has been a credit to your school, we’d be very happy to have him back” Local primary school.
“Brilliant! We don’t want him to return to school.” Local solicitor’s
“She’s a lovely girl, asked for more challenging work and we’ve been impressed by her grasp of the work.” Local solicitor’s
“He is the best student we have ever had!” Engineering firm, Mitcham
In addition we have had positive feedback from the vast majority of employers, who themselves have had to put time and effort in to ensure the success of each placement.
The overall success of work experience is in no small part due to the numbers of students who find their own placements. This year 80% of our yr10 pupils secured their own temporary employment, continuing the growing trend here at Archbishop Lanfranc.
So well done to all those students who had a positive, fulfilling, eye-opening time in the world of work, and a big thank you to all the employers who gave them the opportunity to shine!