Over the summer, PA’s Technology Centre in Melbourn welcomed four work experience students, 11 summer interns and its first two apprentices.
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PA welcomed applications from year 10 and year 11 students from Melbourn Village College and The Perse. The aim of the work experience scheme was to offer students some insight into technology consultancy, the application process and the job requirements. Each placement was tailored to students’ prior interests to ensure they received the best experience. The placement lasted two weeks in total.
The students worked on real projects and contributed valuable ideas on designs and software development. They also provided insight into display technologies. One student said, “I very much enjoyed the two weeks and I learnt a phenomenal amount of things. I would have loved to have come back after the summer, too!”
PA’s work experience coordinator, Cara Cooper, said, “It’s important for students to get work experience before making their A Level choices so they can make better educated choices about their future. It is also important for them to experience a real working environment in the industry they are interested in, preferably working on active projects with experienced colleagues. Many of our colleagues were impressed by the skills and contributions that the students were able to make.”
PA also had 11 university students on summer internships. These students came from across the UK to work on projects for eight to 12 weeks with a mentor. Students were supported by internal training courses on presentation and consulting skills. They also had the opportunity to interact with people across the business. Projects were in areas across PA’s expertise including applied science, software, mechanical engineering, product design and electronics.
PA has taken on two apprentices who are spending their first year studying at Oaklands College in Welwyn Garden City as well as working during their holidays. Next year they will begin working at PA with day release to continue their studies in engineering.
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