THEY wanted to sample working life – and from fencing to floristry and agriculture to archaeology, Midhurst Rother College students did it all.
The work experience programme at the school has been expanding rapidly in the four short years the academy has been in operation.
And this summer 160 Year 10 students and another 20 from Year 12 tried their hand at a wide range of challenges.
Among many opportunities offered was work with a farrier for a student on track to study a veterinary course.
The National Trust at Petworth House gave students the chance to support their education department with the archaeological dig carried out there this summer and with the trust’s Woolbeding Estate, there was a change to sample forestry, agriculture and common land management.
Other work experience was carried out at John Lewis in Chichester, Canine Partners where students shadowed the financial director, getting a flavour of what it’s like to run a charity business.
At Harwoods they became hands-on mechanics, assisting with servicing on dream cars such as Aston Martins and Maseratis.
Among the many other placements there was work in Midhurst at Springfield Vets, The Upholsterer, The Spread Eagle Hotel, Cowdray Farm Shop, at the summer’s most prestigious polo event, the Gold Cup, Global Flowers and the Vintage Tea Rooms.
A student spent time at the tourist attraction Bignor Roman Villa and there was brewing experience at Langhams Brewery.
One student event got to join stonemasons at the Cathedral Works Organisation in Chichester and make a stone bird bath.
Gill Welsman, careers and work experience co-ordinator said: “Former and current students who have worked out in the community have built such a good track record for us that local businesses and those farther afield are very supportive and welcoming when we introduce this scheme each year.”