Work Experience with the Humber LEP
During his summer break, work experience student came to experience life at the Humber LEP. Here’s what he had to say about his experience:
“My name is Alex I’m 15 years old. I go to Cottingham High School and in the future I hope to go into engineering and start my own business.
To help me do this I came to the World Trade Centre in Hull for 2 weeks in the summer holidays which enabled me to be in a work environment and pick up skills along the way. I worked with the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and Language is Everything. These are two firms inside the World Trade Centre. In my two weeks of work experience I picked up skills like: buildings management, communicating with customers on the phone and at reception, self-management, housekeeping, communication and literacy. An example of this is when I worked on reception were I talked to clients coming into the building and instructed them where to go and what to do.
Some tasks I did while at the World Trade Centre were working on reception which involved letting people into the building and talking to them most of these people were business people. I also set up meeting rooms. This involved setting the right amount of glasses and mugs and just making sure the room was ready for use. Another job I did was sending timesheets and confirmation sheets to interpreters and their clients for Language is Everything. I also checked the newspapers every morning. This involved placing sticky notes on any stories that related to the Humber LEP. I would then cut them out and stick them onto paper were I would date them. Sorting post was another daily task which tested my self-management skills. This task involved opening letters and date stamping them.
Another task I was heavily involved in was creating information cards for the Springboard Programme which supports 18-24 year olds into training or employment. I carried out research and wrote the content for information cards on writing a CV, interview tips and how to send a CV. Once the content was approved, I then formatted it in to the finished branded documents.
This work experience will help me in later life because I have experienced working in an office environment and my people skills have improved. I now feel more comfortable talking to people who are higher up in the business world.
Overall I have enjoyed all my time here. I found all activities interesting. Not all were exciting but were beneficial to me and my experience. I would definitely come back next summer again when I’m 16 which gives me the opportunity to do work outside the building.”