Gaining valuable experience

50-Work-experience

Record number of students at Plumer House

There were plenty of young faces at Plumer House during the summer as a record number of students joined us for work experience. Indeed, a record 50 student will have completed work experience with PCH by the end of the year – including students from schools such as Coombe Dean, Saltash.net and Plymouth High, who have been working in different departments across the business.

Students have been learning about potential areas in which they are interested, while getting used to a real work environment at Plumer House and around Plymouth with our team of operatives. Students have been involved with all areas of the business, from working with the gas and electrical operatives to the legal and IT departments.

Danni Houston, HR business partner, Learning & Development said: “We’re extremely proud to have welcomed so many students from across Plymouth and beyond to PCH for work experience this summer. PCH is a large, dynamic organisation with so many different roles. The students have been able to get stuck in with areas that interest them and help them decide on their future career direction.

“I feel I have learned a lot of skills that will be very useful in future. All in all, everyone has been lovely as well as very patient”

Ciara, a student at Plymouth High

“All the students have been a credit to their schools; they have all been eager to learn and ask questions and get involved. We wish them all the very best with their future careers. I must say, we wouldn’t be able to do this without the support from our staff. They have been really invested in helping these young people develop and they have been a credit to PCH, and have ultimately made having so many students with us possible.”

On her week of work experience, Ciara, a student from Plymouth High, spent a week with the legal team. She said: “This week has been a great deal of fun. I have learned a lot about the way cases are handled and sorted and written up a practise legal brief and lots of other things. I spent a morning with the housing officers to see where all of the legal work dealt with here starts off – and that was very interesting.

“I also got to go to court, and this really helped with gaining experience. I would like to be a criminal law barrister and, although this is an entirely different field of law, I feel I have learned a lot of skills this week that will be very useful in future. All in all, everyone has been lovely as well as very patient.”

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