Year 11 Work Experience

During the autumn half term members of Year 11 took part in work experience placements. They chose a variety of different experiences and this is what they had to say about their weeks:

Martha – ‘In the half term I did work experience at Sing and Inspire, it is a motivational and insiprational company that sets up choirs in companies such as Admiral Insurance and T-Mobile. They aim to motivate the employees which increases staff engagement, which in turn improves customer satisfaction. During my time there I got to see every angle of the business and what it is like to set up and run your own company. I attended choirs, formatted lyrics, worked on the admin side of things and did research into their latest team building seminars. I really enjoyed my work experience, it was fun but also a challenge and was great in aiding me to decide what to do in the future.’

Stefan – ‘During my half term I did work experience at The Performance House, the youth theatre I normally attend at weekends. During my work experience I experienced the administration side of the business including advertising and casting agency work and also the performance side, working during the production of the ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’ I has already started work on the show prior to my work experience and it was an ideal opportunity to have a greater ‘hands on’ approach with the production. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as it gave me a greater understanding that I had never before experienced.’

Edward – ‘I had lots of fun on my work experience with Cooke and Arkwright and got a very good insight into the property world. I visited many different properties and went to a meeting with Mr. Roger Thomas. I learnt how a property should look in a flyer and how the floorplan of a property is made.’

William – ‘In my work experience I went up to a forest to put up a fence for the government. Myself and another person took 6 large pieces of wood up a steep hill. We had to carry over 200 of them and they had lead inside them to make them heavier. When we had done that we dug holes, then put the stakes in the holes and rolled out 5 rolls of fencing. We then stapled the fencing to the stakes and then rolled out barbed wire on the top of the fencing. All of this took a week to do. I loved it because it was challenging.’

Charlotte – ‘In the second week of half term I was lucky enough to be allowed to go to the veterinary surgery in Maesglas, Brackla. This was a brilliant opportunity for me as in the future I would like to pursue a career in veterinary studies. Throughout the week I was able to observe many operations, scans and consultations with various patients and even help with some aspects. Working with all the animals was challenging but very enjoyable and it was a great opportunity to see first hand what the profession of a vet entails. I’d like to say a big thank you to the people who work at Maesglas who trained me for the week and I would thoroughly recommend this sort of experience to anyone else interested in this field.’

Sam – ‘My work experience in the first week of half term was in Marks and Spencer in Neath. My hours of work were 9.00am – 4.30pm. Throughout my time I worked in the food and clothing departments. In the food department my job was to check all the sell by dates and to fill and stack the shelves. Whilst working in the clothing department I was stacking the shelves and also ordering clothes and items online for customers. This was my favourite part of work experience. I gained a lot of confidence when dealing with people and enjoyed using the computer within the store. For the second week I worked at Neath rugby ground as a grounds man. When I was in the Gnoll I helped getting everything ready for the next rugby game so I had to clean the pitch, pick up litter and leaves and clean the seats and stands. This work experience required communication skills.’

Tim – ‘My work experience took place at a multi-national business called Photronics. Photronics produce photomasks which are used in the process of making microchips. Within the photronics complex thaty have a ‘clean room’, a sealed room where all the air is filtered to remove microscopic particles (which could damage the photomasks). This is where the photomasks are made. I regularly entered the clean room to help to assist with general maintenance, reprogramming a robot’s movement order, realigning lasers and rewiring an light bulb holder.’

Tom – ‘My work experience was at G.E. Aircraft Engine Services. This is situated in Nantgarw. My hours of work were 8.00am – 3.00pm. Throughout my time I worked on RB211 which is a Boeing 747 and 767, and I also worked on the CFM56 family which are smaller Boeing and Airbus aircraft. The department I worked in was RBU, my job was to smooth and buff the welded rivets. I also had a chance to weld the rivet holes. I felt I gained an in-depth experience and understanding of the company and the working environment and thoroughly enjopyed my time.’