A pioneering work experience programme has given students a fantastic opportunity to develop their careers in the engineering and electrical industries while they study for qualifications at New City College.
The work placement initiative was launched through a collaboration between mechanical and electrical services contractor Phoenix ME, based in East London, and New City College’s Construction and Engineering Centre in Rainham.
Just a few months after launching, the programme has already proved a huge success for Phoenix ME and for the students who are thriving on the practical work experience they are getting to complement their classroom learning.
The students attend college three days a week and work at Phoenix ME for the other two days, getting paid for the work they do. Also as part of their placements, they have been given the chance to explore various aspects of the mechanical and electrical sector.
Nathaneal Judd, pictured above, who is studying Level 2 Electrical Installation at New City College Rainham, assists with document control, including preparing emergency lighting drawings and compiling information for electrical and emergency lighting completion certificates.
Nathaneal said: “Joining New City College was the best decision I’ve ever made. Being able to get this work experience has been so good for me. I’ve really enjoyed working in the document control department at head office where my boss is really supportive but he lets me have independence so I can grow and develop.”
Matthew Adams, pictured below, a Level 3 Engineering student at the Rainham campus, spent several weeks on-site learning about testing and commissioning before discovering his passion for design. Phoenix ME have now placed him in their CAD department so that he can explore his design interest further.
And Luke Frensham, pictured bottom, who is also studying Level 3 Engineering, has received excellent feedback from managers at Phoenix ME for his work on the company’s large, prestigious project in King’s Cross. He has been shadowing a testing expert and has been keen to learn and explore different areas of the industry.