Hereward reaches gold standard for work experience

Young people at Hereward College in Coventry are continuing to access a very high standard of work experience opportunities according to independent work experience body, Fair Train.

The College has recently been awarded Fair Train’s Gold Level Work Experience Quality Standard, the highest possible level for this national accreditation. The award is recognition of the College’s commitment to providing high quality work experience schemes and contribution towards driving down youth unemployment.

Hereward has real focus on employability with a programme of internal and external work placements and career focussed activities available to all learners throughout the year.

The College also has strong links with local employers, recently launching a Supported Internship programme with University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire (UHCW) where Hereward interns take part in a 12 month placement providing a platform for them to further develop their skills and experience in a structured way.

Tilly Neill, Employability Manager at Hereward College says:

“Our Supported Internship programme is going from strength to strength and really complements the range of work experience opportunities we are able to offer our learners. A number of key regional employers including Severn Trent, Network Rail, Airwave and BAM construction also want to get involved and we are always keen to hear from other organisations interested in taking part.

“We are delighted to receive this award – it is a real reflection of the hard work of the team at Hereward and their commitment to ensuring our students develop the skills and experiences needed to reach their potential. “

Beth Gardner, CEO of Fair Train, commented:

“We are really pleased to be working with Hereward College, and would like to congratulate them on achieving the Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation at gold level. With the employment rate for disabled learners at an alarmingly low rate of seven percent, it is really important that specialist colleges work with local employers to offer high quality work experience opportunities for their learners. The Work Experience Quality Standard demonstrates Hereward College’s commitment to helping its learners increase their confidence and gain valuable experience of the working world.”

Photo Left to Right: Jessica Rexworthy, Marketing and Membership Manager at Fair Train; Debbie Jones, Job Coach at Hereward College; Natalie Read, Student Services Manager at Hereward College