Student employability praised

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Student employability praised

08 October 2014

One of Year 11 Innovations group Curtis Tilbury, recently earned himself the title of ‘Work Placement of the Month’ at Travis Perkins, Crowthorne, a construction materials and suppliers company.

The Innovations scheme is run in partnership with local schools and employers. It is designed for school students who want to take an alternative route to their education during their final GCSE year. The students attend college for three days a week at the college’s Wick Hill Centre, where they cover Maths, English and a variety of vocational courses. The remaining two days are spent at a work placement.  

Curtis’ work placement supervisor Nicole Drake, said:

“He has certainly made an impression. A visiting Director witnessed Curtis working hard and passed on his praise.

“Curtis is a good student, with a good attitude and an excellent work ethic.”

Curtis is enjoying his time at Travis Perkins and is hoping to get paid employment with a Saturday position at the company, when he is 16:

“Everyone is nice and welcoming. I enjoy the responsibility of working independently.”

Maria MacDonald, 14-19 Vocational Support Assistant, oversees Curtis’ placement:

“Curtis is punctual, conscientious, well liked by his colleagues and enjoys using his initiative. When I visited Curtis at his placement he was anxious to get back to work. The report from Travis Perkins is excellent.”

To find out more about the Innovations scheme or one of our other 14-16 programmes visit or call 01344 766600.

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