Published on behalf of Balfour Beatty Living Places
Seventeen students from Aylestone Business & Enterprise College spent a day at Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) in Hereford getting hands-on with vehicle maintenance and highways’ repairs.
The work experience day at Thorn Business Park saw the 15 and 16 year olds working alongside experienced tradesmen to gain an insight into the job.
Andy Williams, BBLP Contract Director, said: “We recognise the importance of work-related learning to young people and we’re working with a number of schools to create links between what we do and the curriculum they’re delivering.
“We want to show youngsters the sort of opportunities that are open to them and why it is essential to have a good understanding of subjects such as maths, English and science to be able to do them.”
The youngsters completed tasks which ranged from stripping down an engine to laying a small brick wall.
Cllr Paul Rone, Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, added: “Work experience can provide an insight into a different environment. It can help young people to see what they have to do and think about the long term. It can also be very handy when it comes to getting a job.”
Providing work experience and apprenticeships is an important part of the National Skills Academy for Construction project that BBLP is delivering in partnership with Herefordshire Council.
The benefits of work experience can be substantial. Research carried out by the Education and Employers Taskforce charity found that those who did work placements while at school earned an average of £900 a year more by their early twenties than those who did not.