Students complete placements 15 May 2019 Students with a spark complete valuable year-long work placements.

Students with a spark complete valuable year-long work placements.

 

FOUR Grimsby students have been ‘plugging into’ the world of work, enjoying real-life experience on year-long placements with LHP professionals.

And, as the 12 months came to an end, they all praised the team spirit and help and support they had received from all at LHP.

Bradley Dommett, Liam Mackrill, Orell Lewars and Ben Wood have all spent a day a week shadowing qualified LHP employees carrying out repairs, renovation and maintenance at some of the 7,500 homes across North East Lincolnshire. Their remaining time has been spent at Grimsby Institute where they were students on the Level 3 Technical education course.

Specialising as an electrician on his course, Bradley said: “I have really enjoyed my year and have certainly learned a lot. Meeting the tenants as we have travelled around has been great too – we have told each other a good few stories along the way.”

Liam has also been spending his LHP time with our trained electricians: “I would recommend work placements, this has been worth the effort and has made me much more confident when it comes to applying for either an apprenticeship or even going on to university,” he said.

Orrel and Ben have been spending their time with our plumbers, enjoying a variety of work including bathroom and radiator installation, and ‘second fixes’ on kitchens.

“Rather then just being in the classroom we have been able to get out and learn more advanced skills while working,” they agreed.

Grimsby Institute’s skills and employability co-ordinator, Chris Crookes, stressed just how important this employer engagement was in students’ progression.

“It is important for us that all our students get employability engagement before they finish their qualifications.

“In doing so, these students have really enjoyed it and it has certainly opened their eyes to the world of work, along with building their confidence up,” said Chris.

LHP head of repairs and maintenance Ben Gothard, added: “As a provider of social housing across the area, we wish to do all we can to support young people within the community and this is an excellent way of achieving that, while  ensuring that students do experience a real working environment.”

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