The RAF Wittering Work Experience programme has been running for approximately 6+ years and in that time has hosted over 500 students (aged 14 – 18) from both local and national schools / colleges.
The programme has been very successful and in 2013 received an ‘Investors in Education’ award from the Education and Business Partnership (EBP) this was followed by a Station Commanders Award in 2014.
Currently there are 6 placements on offer at RAF Wittering, these are:
Catering - Steward / Mess Manager.
Catering - Chef / Kitchen Duties.
Communication and Information Systems - Ground Radio Maintenance / Photographer / Communications and Information Management.
General Engineering Technician - Ground Engineering.
Mechanical Transport - Driver Assistant.
Physical Education - Assistant.
Currently the team are striving to increase this placement list.
Some of the schools already utilising our work experience programme are:
Arthur Mellows Village College, The Deepings School, Samual Ward Academy, Oakham College, Jack Hunt School, Bourne Grammar, Peterborough Regional College, Melbourn Village College, New College Stamford, Casterton Business Enterprise College (CBEC), Rutland County College and many more.
So what benefits do students gain from our work placements?
Preparation for the workplace – Work related learning presents students with first hand experience of employment. This in turn provides them with an understanding of the routines and disciplines of professional practice and a chance to develop key employability skills.
Vocational evaluation – Through work placements students become aware of how their curriculum subjects, skills, interests and attitudes relate to the world of work. This allows students to evaluate this combination and in turn help them to make informed decisions regarding their future career.
Professional / Personal development – Students have the opportunity to gain valuable employer references as evidence of their own professional development or to complete specific academic/vocational assignments.
Future employment – Work related learning enhances the possibility of students being identified by an employer as a candidate for future employment and Apprenticeships – there have been numerous cases of young people accepting job offers from employers they met whilst taking part in work related learning.
All placements offered at RAF Wittering are monitored by the Leicestershire Education Business Company (LEBC) and the Peterborough Skills Services. These independent bodies provide assurance, to us and the schools, that all placements are fit for purpose, safe and meet all the mandated requirements.