Pupils praise work experience project

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Pupils from a Sheffield school have praised an initiative that has given them an insight into the world of work and the company that provided work experience places.

Charlie Bradford and Emma Perkins from Bradfield School have been taking part in the Cutlers’ Curriculum - also known as The Made in Sheffield Skills and Ambassadors Programme.

Mentors from the Cutlers’ Company working with the local authority, training providers and manufacturing companies have helped by providing work experience and training covering how to apply for jobs, write CVs and do well at interviews.

Work experience is being organised by Work-wise, the South Yorkshire-based business-led organisation that gives students a taste of working life and a better understanding of the skills they will need at work.

Charlie and Emma have been spending their time with President Engineering Group, the specialist valve manufacturer.

“The placement has given me an insight into the working world and the different roles within a company.

“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 options to think about when choosing a career,” said Charlie.

Emma added: “I have learned that the workplace isn’t as daunting as I first thought as everyone is really friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed.

“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.”

Work-wise associate John Barber said President Engineering was leading by example and showing that supporting young people by preparing them for the world of work was “not only good for the students, but great for businesses too.”

n Find out how local companies like President Engineering have been helping young people to take part in a pioneering Employability Summer Camp in tomorrow’s Star Business Weekly.