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Work experience students win school awards

Lytchett Minister School - Work experience students win school awards

Local insurance specialists Alan & Thomas are celebrating after their work experience student Jordan Brown of Lytchett Minster School beat his two hundred and forty fellow year ten students to win the 'Placement of the Year' award following his time at the Poole-based broker.

Jordan, 15, who lives in Broadstone spent two weeks with Alan & Thomas in March of this year after having expressed a desire to gain direct sales experience.

Alan & Thomas HR Director Susan Reeves saw the potential in Jordan right from the start, “Jordan arrived on his first day with a real enthusiasm to get as much as possible out of his time with us. Everything he did, he did with a smile on his face from basic administration tasks to even accompanying our account executives on sales visits with clients and new business prospects.”

“Such was his commitment to the placement, he even came in early on a Monday morning for our 8am sales team meeting and joined in with our A&T football team in the evenings! He thoroughly deserves his award and has a bright future ahead of him.”

Work experience placement s are not the only way Lytchett Minster School is preparing its students for working life. They run a comprehensive training programme for their year 10 students, which gives them invaluable experience not only in working in industry but also in CV writing and applying for jobs.

Head of House, Simon Wyatt, explains, “We’ve created a fictitious water sports company called Manor Plc, which offers our students the opportunity to apply and interview for a wide range of jobs. Whilst the company may be fictitious, the process certainly isn’t! Following workshops in CV writing and guidance from teachers, each student must ensure their CV is tailored to the role they are applying for and they are then placed in a real interview situation, similar to that on TV’s The Apprentice, which sees them compete against their fellow students.”

A number of local companies give up their time to attend the school to run the interviews, all co-ordinated by retired HSBC banker and Rotary Club member Geoff Rutland, along with Administration Assistant Mrs Nicky Tucker.

“This year, we had to alter the process slightly as a result of the lightening fire we sustained after Christmas so we shortlisted twelve CVs initially and then five went through to interview stage with our headmaster Mr Clark and teacher Mr Potter. Both held no prisoners and were tough interviewers by all accounts but it was Taylor Clift-Williams who came out on top and was awarded the only job on offer thanks to his composed but enthusiastic interview.” said Simon.

Both Taylor and Jordan were given their awards by Susan Reeves and Geoff Rutland at a special year 10 presentation at the school.

Photo: Students Jordan Brown (L) and Taylor Clift-Williams (R) with, left to right, Nicky Tucker, Susan Reeves, Geoff Rutland and Simon Wyatt.