Mr Street said: "These young people have taken the first step towards entering the world of work, and they should be congratulated for successfully graduating after their work placements
. Reducing youth unemployment is proving to be a stubborn challenge in the West Midlands, but with the help of employers like BT, and through our work with programmes such as Movement to Work, we are trying a new approach that provides meaningful and useful work experiences.
"Stefan Woolmer has overcome barriers in terms of physical disability and anxiety to flourish in his work placement
at Redgate Animal Sanctuary, and as a consequence has now been offered a paid position there as an Animal Care Assistant," said Amanda Hearne, Supported Internship Coordinator, Bridge to Work at Loughborough College.
Alex joined the store four months ago on a work placement
organised through WorkFit Wales, which supports young people with Down's syndrome to gain access to work opportunities.
"During his work placement
young Thomas will meet people from all walks of life, he'll get fitter, learn about self discipline and pick up tips on how to run a business."
James, from Middlesbrough, has been assisting the technicians at North Eastern 4x4 with their day-to-day repair and service work, including oil changes and general vehicle maintenance and checks, as part of his work placement
. The teenager is keen to gain a job in the automotive industry, and this placement has provided invaluable experience.
On the week's work placement
she got herself there and back by catching four buses per day.
The inaugural class of students at UCL Qatar, who have completed their first year of classroom studies, will soon head off to gain practical experience in four-week work placements
at home or abroad in some of the world's top museums and art institutions.
POOL?SIDE SESSION: Hereward College tutors Nigel Bird and Kirsty Payne (left), Atherstone leisure centre manager Claire Lodge (right) and receptionist Vicky Payne with work placement
students Nico and Caroline
But the sports science student, who is on a one-year work placement
at Chelsea, does not want to press charges against Cole.
Businesses could benefit from work placement
, offer a work taster to a student or graduate, access funding for training of your graduate staff or advertise a graduate vacancy free of charge.
- the mismatch between education outputs and work placement