During summer 2016 Urban Synergy placed a number of young people in work experience at companies including Thomson Reuters (Media, Legal and IT and Executive IT departments) , TFL, Shell and Capital Construction.
The project, now in it’s third year, gives young people mainly from Lewisham schools and the surrounding areas an opportunity of practical work experience which otherwise might not have been available to them.
The students ranged in age from 14-16 and were all excited to gain practical experience in the work environment.
Before participating in the work experience many of the students attended a ‘Ready for Work Workshop’ where they are prepared for the world of work with discussions including dress code, workplace etiquette, social media use and timekeeping.
Students attend an Urban Synergy Ready for Work Workshop at Thomson Reuters with Paul Lawrence from Life Skills Consultancy
Students attending a week of work experience in the legal department at Thomson Reuters, Canary Wharf
The placements varied from 3 days to two weeks with agendas that opened up the various departments within each organisation to give the student a rounded picture of how the organisation works. Many of the students prepared and made presentations for the teams they were working with towards the end of their placements with Urban Synergy staff present.
Many of the employers are looking forward to offering placements again next year. Urban Synergy are keen to secure sponsorship to enable more young people to reap the benefits of the scheme.
Urban Synergy’s founder, Leila Thomas said “ we believe it is vital that young people get hands on, practical work experience, especially in today’s climate where experience before entering the real world of work is a rarity. We are currently discussing sponsorship opportunities to continue the programme for a fourth year in 2017.”
Capital Construction’s Greg Wade with work experience student Khushaie. The placement gave Khushaie the exciting opportunity to shadow one of Capital’s Building Surveyors.
The Work Placement was also reported on the Capital Property and Construction Consultants website.
Feedback from employers[quote cite=”Satnam Kaur, Thomson Reuters”]It was another successful year and it always pays off when we have such a lovely response from a student at the end of the scheme.[/quote] [quote cite=”Greg Wade, Capital Construction”]He did very well, taking on board everything he was shown and took an active interest in learning. I really got a lot out of being able to teach him some of the basics of surveying and I hope he feels that he got some benefit out of it too. We touched on various life skills, the need for professionalism and the importance of self-respect, as well as the practical aspects of what I do in my daily role – so hopefully the three days will have left a lasting impression on him.
I’d be very happy to stay in touch with him and offer any support or guidance in the future.
Thanks again for the opportunity to provide someone with work experience, it’s been very rewarding. I now promote Urban Synergy whenever possible.[/quote] [quote cite=”Peter Granger, Thomson Reuters”]The mentees were all on time every day. They were eager and took instruction well, approaching the tasks with enthusiasm. They have been polite and a pleasure to have here with us.[/quote]