West Herts College has been selected to pilot these 45-day placements, which will roll out nationally with the upcoming launch of T Levels for 16-18 year olds.
Recipe for success
A partnership with senior chefs at The Grove Hotel has seen more than 20 students gain professional chef experience over the past six years.
What begins as work experience for Level 2 students progresses on to Industry Placements – often as paid part-time work – followed by offers of apprenticeships or other permanent employment.
The opportunities at such a large venue are as varied as the clients, with residential events and conferences catering for Open Championship Golf, American football teams, the national England soccer side and a range of international businesses. Not to mention a loyal local clientele that frequents the bars, restaurants and spa.
‘This gives students a real insight into the working environment – they gain a vast amount of knowledge from a hands-on operation in a large professional kitchen.’
The Grove Hotel
In the driving seat
Group 1 Automotive is the third largest car dealership in the UK and North America so it goes without saying that Industry Placements here can go a long way.
Their local dealership – Barons BMW/Mini Watford – hosts placements as part of the Group’s commitment to local young people, using the experience to assess the ability and motivation of motor vehicle students prior to considering permanent opportunities.
Another division undertakes quality-control checks of cars before their hand over to new owners. Given there are typically 168 points of inspection it’s a great place to develop a thorough knowledge of the latest vehicles.
‘There’s definitely scope to continue this work to our mutual benefit. It’s a real win-win.’
PDI Centre Manager
Group 1 Automotive
Gem of an idea
Poeticgem Ltd is a supplier of ready-made garments to a range of high street retailers. The firm works closely with clients to understand their business model and business goals. It then sets up exclusive teams to service each retailer directly.
For students on placements this offers an invaluable insight into a commercially-minded creative business.
Placement students working in Poeticgem’s men’s knitwear division help with the design process from start to finish: from fashion illustration and design through to garment construction – using both timeless creative skills and the latest CAD technology.
‘Students work within our teams – offering our clients exceptional service across product development and design.’
HR and Office Coordinator