Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) has recently introduced the pilot of the Government’s 45 Day Industry Placement scheme.
The 45 Day Industry Placement scheme is a government pilot where students can experience working life, understand how they can apply the skills they learnt in college and boost their CV. This scheme is part of the larger T Level programme.
Two RuTC students are reaching the end of their 45 day placement and have received outstanding feedback for their work from their placement employer. Jack Smith and Connor Smith, both Level 2 Plumbing Diploma students at RuTC, carried out their 45 Day Industry Placement at Registered Gas Services (RGS) in Hounslow. RGS had great feedback for Jack and Connor, stressing their excellent timekeeping, willingness to learn and aptitude to work. In addition, the students’ communication not only with colleagues and managers but also with customers was highly valued.
Jack said: “I have learnt valuable skills at RGS, and as a result of what they have taught me I’m more confident as a training plumber. The placement has helped me put into practice skills I learnt at college like bending lengths of copper pipe and soldering a fitting to ensure there won’t be any leaks, so the basics are now second nature to me.”
Connor added: “My time with RGS so far has been amazing, I have learnt so much over my duration here. I have met a fantastic bunch of people who have been going out of their way to teach me the basics and more and help me develop my knowledge and skills on plumbing and electrics. RGS has put a lot of trust in me and my time here so far has been career changing.”
Peter Davidson, Director at RSG, said: “The 45 day placement is working really well for us at RGS. Jack and Connor are working alongside our engineers, learning new skills and strengthening our team. They fit right in with the team and help out with all aspects of our work. The scheme is a great way to develop the workforce and give possible future employees a try.”
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