Middle Fifth Work Experience

work experience 1This year our pupils visited 76 employers. This included 18 in London and 8 who travelled further afield to other parts of the UK, Denmark, Switzerland and New York.

The week certainly presented a number of challenges to our Middle Fifth pupils. For five days they were barristers, journalists, conservationists, archaeologists, doctors, tour guides, fashion designers and engineers.  Quite apart from their day of work, they learnt to read bus timetables, manage an underground map, and in one case, how to ride a bike.  They had to live without their friends and their phones.  They learnt that work can be boring and hard and that the days can be long. Many discovered exactly what they do not want from a life of work, which is a valuable lesson in itself.

image (1)Certainly I know that some of them had an easier time of it than others. Nevertheless I continue to receive reports from their employers, their parents and their visiting staff who tell me that regardless of the circumstance, they have done all of this with an outward smile.  Thanks to their superb efforts, there are 76 employers and no doubt hundreds of co-workers who have been more than surprised by how hardworking, punctual, polite and resourceful a 15 year old can be. Their efforts have made it that little bit easier for every school leaver to be given that first chance in the workplace and they have certainly done their part to ensure that all those employers associate the name of St Edmund’s with young people who are worth employing.

Very well done to all who took part.

Vic Burton, Work Experience Coordinator

Thank you to all the employers who assisted in the work experience week as listed below:

A plus C TV Studios, Margate

African Trade Finance ltd, London

Ali Fogg, Artist, Folkestone

Alpha 9 Software LTD, Canterbury

Animed Vets, Whitstable

Auntie Mims Gifting, Dover

Band of HM Royal Marines, Collingwood, Hants,

Bond Joseph Solicitors, Canterbury,

Boughton Golf Club, Faversham,

Bridge and Patrixbourne County Primary School

Burgess Hodgson, Canterbury

Canterbury Boat Tours

Canterbury Cathedral

Chicken Shed Theatre Company, London

Christchurch University Chaplaincy, Canterbury

Christchurch University, Human Life Sciences, Canterbury

Clague Architects, Canterbury

Clive Emson Auctioneers, Maidstone

Cycling Age, The Freewheel, Graveney

Daniel Ford Estate Agency, London

D-Dee’s Day Nursery, Boughton-under-Blean

DEBRA Charity Shop, Twickenham

Dept for Work and Pensions, London

Fabrics in Canterbury

Farm work Play, Herne Hill Lee Evans Partnership, Canterbury

Fenwicks of Bond Street, London

Fenwicks, Canterbury

Folkestone Research and Archaeology Group, Dover

Graphix Photography, Cliffe

Horsebridge Art Gallery, Whitstable

Jones Knowles Richie, London

Joy Lane Primary School, Whitstable

Kent College Junior School, Canterbury

Kent County Cricket Club, Canterbury

Kings College Hospital- London,

Kimber Woodward Estate Agents, Herne Bay

Konzert Theater Bern, Switzerland

Lewis Silkin Solicitors, London

LGT Vestra Wealth Management, London

Lorenden Prep School, Faversham

Love Production Company, London

Marks and Spencer, Whitstable

McCann Advertising, New York

NTD-offshore, Denmark 

Premier Modelling Agency, London

Reculver Primary School

Royal School of Military Engineering, Chatham

Seven Energy International Limited, London

SOTA Solutions LTD,Sittingbourne

Sprinks Construction, Hythe

St Barts Hospital, London

St Barts Nursery School, Sandwich

St Eanswythe’s C of E Primary school, Folkestone

St James’ Place Wealth Management, Norton

Stowting C of E Primary School, Stowting

Tallulah and Hope Fashion Design, Folkestone

Tangerine Confectionary Ltd, Pontefract

The Dog Pub, Wingham

The Glen, Dover

The Kennel Club, London

The Manor, Lincolnshire

The Quarterhouse, Open Quarter, Folkestone

The Running Outlet, Canterbury

The Union Theatre, London

UK Collective, London

Up on the Downs, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

Waterstones, Canterbury

Westminster Magistrates Court, London

Your Music School, Canterbury