Fourteen students from Coventry, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire schools have spent a week on virtual work experience with Fusion recently
During it, the youngsters – including seven female and the same number from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds – heard from experts and developed a small project in small groups that they presented to Fusion colleagues, their peers and teachers at the end of the week.
The week gave them opportunity understand how the different functions within Fusion fit and work together, supported by sessions with colleagues from various departments including Health and Safety, Planning, Procurement and Engineering.
One unnamed student said: “I learned more about overcoming challenges and that so many of the speakers have also been unsure of their future careers which is reassuring and a confidence boost. I also learned to appreciate the people behind what we take for granted every day, like roads and buildings.
“I really enjoyed the talks that everyone gave and working with my team on the project. It has really helped me become more confident when working and presenting with others, as well as helping broaden the areas of work that I am looking to do in the future.
“Thank you for giving me this extraordinary experience. Although leaning towards aeronautical engineering at the beginning, I found it immensely interesting to gain further insight into varied career routes which I had not considered, and most importantly I have many more interests which have unravelled throughout this placement which I deem to learn more about in the future.”
Members of the schools’ staff also showed their appreciation for the week.
Annalies McIver, Head of Sixth Form, Waddesdon School, said: “I just wanted to say a huge thank you for having (one of our students) on your virtual work experience programme. It is great to hear how she benefited from taking part.
“It looks like they have all been working hard all week and certainly as someone joining at this stage it looks like they’ve gained a number of skills and confidence,” added John Griffin, West Coventry School – Post-16 Learning Manager. “Well done and thanks for offering them such a positive experience during a difficult time in their academic lives. ”
Becky Tranter, our Skills and Employment Manager, commented: “I want to say a big thank you to everyone that took part – from those that led sessions in their area of expertise, to helping with employability skills like mock interviews, and just coming along to watch the presentations at the end of the week.
“It’s been a strange few months with not being able to go into schools, or have the students come to the office, but we’re adapting the way we do things so we can still offer these opportunities and make an impact.”