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Students are work-wise at Bestobell

Charlie Bradford and Emma Perkins, year 10 students from Bradfield School, now have a much better idea of the skills and attributes they need in the workplace, having spent two weeks on the work-wise programme at Bestobell Valves, part of the President Engineering Group (PEGL).

Charlie and Emma are at the end of their first year of the two year Cutler’s Ambassador programme supported through work-wise, which involves both practical work placements, employability and skills development. The programme has also involved activities with other engineering and manufacturing companies and hands-on participation in other interactive activities, including Get up to Speed and the Global Manufacturing Festival.

Marie Cooper, Finance Director said: “We are pleased to be involved with the work-wise programme as we believe it is really important to play a part in preparing young people for the world of work. We have had two excellent students in Charlie and Emma and look forward to getting more involved with work-wise in the future.”

Charlie Bradford, Cutlers Ambassador : “The placement has given me an insight into the working world and the different roles within a company. I have been able to see the whole process from design to the finished product. I have learnt about what is expected in the workplace – conduct, hours, dress code and lots of other useful things. I have enjoyed working in the sales department and am looking forward to spending some time in engineering. I think the experience will benefit my future career as I know what to expect when I enter a workplace. It has also given me a few different options to think about when choosing a career.”

Emma Perkins said: “I have learnt at PEGL that the workplace isn’t as daunting as I first thought as everyone is really friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed. I have enjoyed working in Human Resources, putting together and updating employee files. The experience has given me a better idea of what I want to do in the future. I enjoy maths and the time I have spent in the finance department has given me a greater interest in working in finance.”

We will shortly be accepting another two students on their shop floor as part of the work-wise Summer Camp taking place in July/August.

John Barber, work-wise associate, said: “We are delighted that PEGL is the latest employer to sign up to the work-wise programme. They are leading by example and showing that if employers support young people in preparing them for the world of work, this is not only good for the students, but great for businesses too. We hope this is just the start of a long relationship with PEGL.”

31 July 2013

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