This week marks a new era for LMR Training. Due to our recent success, we have decided that this is the perfect time to start a blog. Going forward this blog will include many different topics however this week we will focus on our Placement Programme.
Beginning in February we have specialized in work placement opportunities for young people. So far we have placed over 170 young people in various companies across the North East and Durham areas.
Students complete a 30 hour placement that offers them skills in their chosen placement sector, some students have been offered part time work as a result of their placement. This week one student has joined us here in the Newcastle office, this is what she had to say about the experience:
“Since beginning my work experience placement at LMR, I have had a busy, yet enjoyable week in the office.
On day one, Mike, Jamela and Carol each played a part in my induction to the company, showing me the systems used for storing the information taken, like IQX and Office 365, which, while being hard to grasp at first, ended up being strangely satisfying and fulfilling once each job had been completed.
Later in the day, Carol informed me on LMR’s multiple funding partners and why and how the company uses the funds given efficiently. This was very interesting and educated me a lot on funded training which I had been new to at the beginning of the day. I was also given research tasks to complete on my own like calculating tax and national insurance deductions and finding out what public liability was and how it worked.
Day Two consisted of Amy (another girl on work experience) and I, inputting countless information on new “sign ups” into the IQX system. After this I began to research company competitors of LMR and their areas of recruitment, target audiences and funding partners; before beginning to create a PowerPoint presentation on my findings.
On day Three I was expected to present my PowerPoint in front of the office, and, while at first I found this concept daunting, I bit the bullet and presented it, which I surprising enjoyed as the information I found and the format I presented it in was something new to the office. I then inputted 10 schools into IQX to target for sign ups onto the placement and apprenticeship programmes.
Day Four began with Damien taking me out to see the recruitment office and some of the workers in motion at North Tyneside Council Parks and Cleansing Department. Luckily for me it was a warm and sunny day, so it was perfect for the trip down to Tynemouth’s Longsands beach to visit the staff on the council managed cleaning team. It was very interesting to learn how the people you see managing the community daily, get to that point through the help of LMR.
On my last day in the office I filled in a History report on my school, Astley Community High and then found CV help tools online to compare with my own CV. After this I completed an exam to bring together everything I had learned over the week, and tied up any loose ends that I hadn’t finished.
Overall, I have really enjoyed my time at the office this week, and I have learned many new things that will definitely help me in the long term once I’ve left school.”
– Grace Robb, Astley Community High Student
Through this programme we have set up relationships with a number of colleges & sixths forms such as:
Recently we were stationed at Durham Sixth Form Centre. Here we delivered multiple sessions detailing the benefits of a Work Placement. By the end of the week we had over 250 students interested.
Examples of our placements include:
Fellingate Care Centre
At the Fellingate Care Centre the students were tasked with putting on a singing performance. The students were given full control and were very professional throughout their production. The feedback was very positive and has created an interest in another performance to be organised.
Design by CLU
A group of students were tasked with developing the Design by CLU website. They separated into groups, some progressed the code for the website while others captured artistic photos to be uploaded. By the end of the programme, the students felt that they had gained major work experience in their chosen sector.