Pupils take first steps into career

Paul Dunn, maintenance manager at Bernicia, with Ashington High School work placement candidates John Lynn, Owen Rutter (back L to R), Stewart Wood and Daniel Holroyd (front L to R).
Paul Dunn, maintenance manager at Bernicia, with Ashington High School work placement candidates John Lynn, Owen Rutter (back L to R), Stewart Wood and Daniel Holroyd (front L to R).
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Six students are celebrating success after completing a rigorous selection process to land a pre-apprenticeship work placement.

The Bernicia Housing Group, based in Ashington, has been working with Ashington High School to identify six pupils who would benefit from the chance to learn about the world of work.

Rob Kitching, principal, said: “As a school, the link with Bernicia offered a fantastic opportunity for our students to explore the world of work with a well-respected local employer.

“We are extremely grateful to The Bernicia Group for being so open to the idea of putting our students through a selection process that included completing a job application form and interview.

“The interview process can be a daunting one, so school staff worked intensively with students alongside their parents, to ensure the young candidates were 100 per cent comfortable with the selection process.

“There was no guarantee that all six students would be taken on placement, so the fact our learners have demonstrated to Bernicia that they are the real deal is a fantastic achievement.”

Debra Beattie, head of organisational development at Bernicia, said: “We began talking to Ashington High in the summer about the potential to give students the opportunity to participate in interviews that could lead to genuine work placements.

“We have been delighted by the way the students responded to the challenge.

“Bernicia is committed to making a difference in the locality in which we are based so we are delighted to be able to work so closely with Ashington High on a work placement programme that will hopefully bring a positive additional element to their studies.”