Students from Eastbury Community School recently ventured out into the working world as they took on a two-week work experience placement.
Nearly 300 Year 10 pupils took part in the work experience programme which saw them going to a number of different industries ranging from: administration, education, construction, legal, banking, pharmaceutical, property, accountancy, retail and manufacturing.
David Dickson, Executive Headteacher of Eastbury Community School said: “We are really proud of the Year 10s and it is great to hear their stories and what they learnt. It will hopefully help them in the next transition of Year 11 and GCSE exams.
“We are grateful to the employers within the borough and beyond for giving our young people the opportunity to understand what it is like in a working environment.”
The students really enjoyed their experience and the large majority received exceptional feedback from their employers with some even saying that they would take them back once they are old enough.
Blina Isufi worked as a pharmacy assistant at Supercare Pharmacy who said: ‘Blina is doing so well that we would like to offer her a part time job when she is old enough. We are happy to support further students on work experience later this year.’
Hafsa Bashardost took up a role as general assistant in Margaret Hodge MP Constituency Office and they said: ‘When she is work ready we will be in touch, she was exceptional.’
Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, Cabinet Member for Educational Attainment and School Improvement said: “Work experience is an invaluable opportunity for young people. I am glad to see that they have done themselves, and us, proud and worked hard while working in local employment.
“A huge thank you to the employers for taking our young people on and giving them an experience that will benefit them in later life.”