RNC Work Experience Week
Every year students from RNC (Royal National College for the Blind) have a week dedicated to work experience, whether their placement is back in their home area or near to RNC’s Hereford base, students are able to gain real world experience of what life is really like in the workplace.
This year placements ranged from a vet’s surgery to radio stations to schools to shops. These placements help our students to boost their confidence and build their commercial awareness. Students are taken out of their comfort zone and they are able to build on their soft skills, such as communication, team work and social skills.
17 year old Angelica Dancey-Brock from Oxfordshire adds “I’ve learned life skills rather than just work skills, listening to how people talk to each other is interesting. I also travelled to the placement independently, which was a big step for me. I had learned the route in my mobility lessons and it was great to put this into practice.”
Work placements are a great way to discover what an industry is like by experiencing an organisation and its practice from the inside. 17 year old Chloe Cotterell from Hereford says “As customers we never see what goes on behind the scenes – it’s so busy, I’ve been stocking up, preparing the salads and cleaning up.” Work experience is also a great way for students to rule out industries that are not suited to them and Chloe admits her previous placement in an office was not for her. In the future she would like to do something much more practical and these placements can prove invaluable for helping our students get closer to becoming employable.
As a national college, we always welcome opportunities to work with employers across the country to show them what our students are capable of, and having a student placement in any organisation can help to bring in fresh ideas and new perspectives. We are keen for as many students as possible to take part in external placements as it helps them to integrate with the local community, so if you think that you may be able to offer a work placement, either on a regular basis or as a one off then please call our enquiries line on 01432 376 621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC