Students' 'excellent' week on work experience
PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:46 20 April 2010
MORE than 170 employers offered Honiton Community College students work experience placements earlier this month, it was revealed during a presentation event on the last day of term.
MORE than 170 employers offered Honiton Community College students work experience placements earlier this month, it was revealed during a presentation event on the last day of term. Peter Williams, Head of Learning for Year 10, hosted the celebration last Wednesday, welcoming employers to the school. In total, 165 Year 10 students spent a week with employers - virtually everyone in the year group, said Mr Williams. Of those, 53 are on extended placements. A further 16 students, from the sixth form, also participated. A survey, carried out by the college, revealed 60 per cent of students rated their placements as "excellent". Thirty-five per cent said they were "good" and five per cent said they were "OK". Employers rated 63 per cent of the students as "excellent", a further 31 per cent as "good" and six per cent as "satisfactory". The most important attributes they look for in recruits is "initiative and a positive attitude". "I was very pleased with the number of positive comments," said Mr Williams. Abi Webber gave a presentation of her week's work experience at Busy Bee Pre-School, ending her talk with a rendition of a favourite children's nursery rhyme. Exeter University's school of bio-science enthralled student Aaron King, who made a chemical worth £460 from ingredients that cost just £30. Kyle Bonetta-Martin's week with Pro Sound and Light took him to Samantha's nightclub, in Exmouth, where he helped to test the speakers. Other presentations were given by Emma Weir and Sophie Robinson, who went to Honiton Primary School, and Dan Donovan, who was placed with BD Plymouth, which makes medical equipment on a 26-acre industrial site. Prizes were awarded to students who employers said had excelled. Recipients were: Dan Reeves (Renwicks); Bill Wilkins and Terrence Rich (Army Look at Life course); Michelle Cook (Exeter Sewing Machine Company); Will Roberts (Devon and Somerset Flight Training); Tom Willis (Harts of Honiton); Chris Byford (Littleham Primary School, Exmouth); Stuart Phillips (Barn Close Kennels); Luke Whittaker (M&R Tyres); Guy Wells (Skydive UK), Hugh Waters (Pritchard Patent Products); Natasha Browning (Rage Hair and Beauty, Exeter); Page Quick (Sarah Hodge): Rebecca Spiller (Churchinford Pre-School); Megan Robertson (Caramel).