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Over 134 Year 12 students from Frome College spent the week commencing 8 July in a wide array of companies and work experience placements, including the British Bobsleigh Association, Devon & Somerset Flight Training, Schneider Electric, Rook Lane Arts Trust, Acorn Pharmacy, Frome Brewing Company, Mendip Rail, Systems Engineering & Assessment, I.G Sports Coaching and Babington House.

Olivia attended Bristol Airport for her placement in Marketing & Business Development. She worked on a joint exercise around a route launching, fire and airside operations brief, terminal and control centre shadowing.  Polly attended the National Trust at Stourhead - working in the world famous garden with the team to support conservation and maintenance of a historic landscape garden. Callum was an operating assistant for Devon & Somerset Flight Training; helping to prepare aircrafts, including refuelling, dealing with customers, money handling and assisting visiting pilots and aircraft. Grace attended Harris Hill & Gibbons, where she assisted and observed veterinary surgeons and nurses with consultations and procedures. Maddy observed a Community Respiratory Nurse with Virgin Care, while Tramaine who plans to study a Medicine Degree after completing Sixth Form, spent the week at Frome Hospital working on the inpatients ward, therapy services, outpatients and the physiotherapy team. Jim worked at Seasons Ecology Ltd gaining an insight into Ecological Consulting.

Bailey Morris completed work experience at BuroHappold Engineering in Bath. He explained “Work experience has opened a new avenue in my search for future employment. This has been an amazing place to work.” A group of students completed their work experience with Frome Town Council, conducting a benchmarking survey- interviewing business and town visitors, then collating and presenting their findings to council members to help impact the future direction of the town. 

Lewis Wells went to Center Parcs at Longleat Forest where he worked in the Cycle Centre providing guest care, helping guests with bikes and child attachments and using the till. He observed repairs and gained product knowledge, worked on new bike builds, helped with recycling as well as fixing and repairing hire bikes. He said “I saw this week as an opportunity to enhance my knowledge and embed my working skills to become a better employee. It has been a successful, beneficial week and I have really enjoyed working there whilst gaining further experience in the world of work. Following work experience in year 10, I applied for two jobs there and was successful both times which clearly shows how work experience helps you when applying for certain jobs you wish to do as it makes you stand out from the rest.“

While some students ventured as far afield as Ventique in London to assist the art gallery manager and to a work in a science laboratory at Edinburgh University, the majority of students remained in this area. Louise Friend who co-ordinates the work experience at Frome College said “I would like to extend a huge thank you on behalf of the 134 students to all the local companies who hosted this year group. The College is hugely grateful to businesses for giving up their time to share their expertise and many thanks for giving our students such an invaluable insight into the workplace.”

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