Calcot Manor Hotel and Spa took part in the initial pilot run by Stroud District Council. It is a luxurious fourteenth century Cotswold Stone hotel, set in 220 acres of beautiful countryside, with its own restaurant and fully equipped spa. Pat Sparkes, Head of Human Resources from Calcot Hotels, said that having their work experience programme assessed by Stroud District Council was invaluable: “Initially we had a process in place but as we opened our programme up to more students we needed to make it much more structured” she said “so it was good to have a set of criteria to measure it against. We discovered that our programme was up to scratch but we were also glad to receive some pointers to improve it even further”.
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a conservation charity that saves wetlands, which are essential for life. Wetlands also connect us with nature through beautiful landscapes and inspiring encounters with wildlife. In 1946, Sir Peter Scott opened WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (now one of nine centres), and from birdwatchers to families there is plenty to discover all year round. With experiences to suit all ages offering access to a huge variety of wildlife – we are an award-winning day out.
It was a pleasure to participate in the pilot of the Work Experience Charter and it was an opportunity for the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre Learning Manager, Sue Belej, to demonstrate the structured and professional way in which the centre approaches work experience placements. The Slimbridge team are committed to ensuring that students participate in a well organised placement that is right for them. The Skills for Stroud team were able to share best practice tools and advice with us and we certainly came away from the experience with additional tips and information. We were delighted to have been awarded with the Charter.
Sheila Wilcox, Head of Human Resources
Eurolink understands the importance of preparing young people for the world at work and we are delighted to be involved in developing the future of our industry and to be supporting the next generation of the workforce. We work with each student to design an informative and practical period of work experience to suit their interests enabling students to gain new skills and valuable experience within the Telecommunications industry. It was a pleasure to participate in the pilot of the Work Experience Charter and we were delighted to have been awarded with the Charter.
Donna Purveur, Business Process Analyst
OPENhouse is a charity that provides housing, education and complex mental health support for homeless young people and vulnerable individuals. Our whole premise is based on supporting individuals to be the person they have the capacity, with the appropriate support, to be. We were therefore thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the Skills for Stroud Work Experience Charter. OPENhouse has a number of varying work experience opportunities ranging from office work, HR, finance, maintenance, gardening, to education or support work based experiences. Giving young people a safe and supportive chance to experience something that may stimulate future aspirations can only be positive and is wholly worthwhile.