Jordan Beer worked with one of VGC’s contract supervisors one day a week as part of a work-related learning programme led by his high school.

His experience, from September 2012 to June 2014, included assisting with recruitment, including pre-employment drugs and alcohol testing, medical checks, validating qualifications such as CSCS cards, and checking proof of right to work in the UK. His supervisor was based in VGC’s Rochester office, convenient for Jordan’s home.

Photo of Jordan BeerJordan commented: “I have found the health and safety side of my work experience very interesting. I feel that I have learned a lot from this, and I can see from being on site with VGC how important health and safety is. I have never been out on site where I haven’t heard the word ‘safety’ being used and it seems to be a part of everyday life on site. I am keen to continue to learn more about this area.”

Beverley Sanders, work experience co-ordinator for Thomas Aveling School in Kent, wrote: “We are very aware of the amount of time, energy and commitment that you have put into ensuring that Jordan had a rich and varied range of experiences during his time with you. Jordan enjoyed the placement immensely and found the work interesting, challenging and varied. It has helped him gain the confidence he needed to progress for the future.”

Work placement programmes provide an opportunity for students to gain an insight into the world of work. A positive work experience placement can help increase confidence, develop skills and shape young people’s attitudes towards work and ultimately help them to find a successful and rewarding career.