Students get hands on at Crow Nest Park
Friday 14th of December 2012
Students from Kirklees College have been gaining valuable work experience and making a difference at Crow Nest Park this winter.
Former apprentice Nick Hey, current apprentice Callum Ganner, Jessica Auty, supervisor Clare Berry, Adam Wilkinson and current apprentice Simon Hirst.
Adam Wilkinson and Jessica Auty are students on the level 1 BTEC Diploma in Land-based Studies at Kirklees College’s Dewsbury Centre.
The students have been working at Crow Nest Park in the town in addition to studying in the classroom to get hands on skills and improve their employability and confidence levels.
Adam Wilkinson, 18 from Cleckheaton and Jessica Auty, 17 from Mirfield have been painting and keeping the local park litter-free under the supervision of charge hand, Clare Berry.
Jessica said, “It’s been a brilliant experience, I’ve really enjoyed being out and about and I’m hoping to get an Apprenticeship once I’ve finished my college course. The course and the work placement have helped me to realise what I want to do in life.”
Adam said, “I look forward to my work placement every week because I can do what I enjoy which is working outdoors and making a difference. I want to go on to do an Apprenticeship, and this course will help me get there.”
The students attend college four days a week and work at Crow Nest Park on a Friday for six weeks. When they complete their work placement, they will receive a reference from their supervisor at Kirklees Council Parks which they can use as they progress with education or to apply for jobs.
Nicky Pearson is the work placement officer for Foundation Learning at Kirklees College, Dewsbury Centre. Nicky said, “These students have been really enthusiastic about this placement because they are doing something they enjoy and they know it will count towards achieving a qualification. We have an excellent relationship with Kirklees Council’s Parks team and they have been fundamental in getting this new course off the ground with the offer of work placements.
“It’s very encouraging to see Adam and Jessica doing so well and impressing their supervisor. They are working alongside several council apprentices and I know that this is what Jessica and Adam hope to go on to do. Work placements are so important because they build skills, confidence and employability, giving these young people a chance to succeed in a career they want.”
Kirklees College offers work skills courses for 16-19 year olds who would like to develop work-related skills and gain confidence and experience to get into work. Each potential student is interviewed to make sure the course is right for them and to identify any additional learning support needs.
The one year course also helps to develop skills in maths, English and ICT at a pace that is suitable to each individual. To find out more about any courses at Kirklees College call the information team on 01484 437070, email firstname.lastname@example.org or attend an open evening on Tuesday 22 January, 5.30-7.30pm, Huddersfield Centre or Wednesday 23 January, 5.30-7.30pm, Dewsbury Centre.