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News > Working 9 to 5

This term has seen NCW Year 11s and Year 12s out in the Community at local businesses and other organisations on work experience.

Grace spent a week at Worcester High Street store Lush, and had the opportunity to get involved in different tasks, including challenge herself and serving customers on the counter. Grace’s confidence grew daily, and she benefitted from some free Lush products in return for her hard work!

William, Rufus, Mohammed and Jake spent a week at Dolphin – a company which develops and manufactures assistive technology for people who are visually impaired. Tasks included trialling new products – they even had to sign confidentiality agreements before they started because some of the work in development is still top secret!

Mohammed working at Dolphin

The Swan Theatre in Worcester was host to Charlie, who is a keen amateur dramatist and was excited to learn what it is like behind the scenes at a busy community theatre. He was based in the Marketing Office and worked very hard - making over 90 telephone calls during his time there!

The Charles Hastings Education Centre is a state-of-the-art facility for the education and training of healthcare staff in Worcestershire, and is where Jess went for her work experience – and at the end of the week gave a filmed presentation describing a range of different artefacts.

The Commandery Museum in Worcester was where Nathan spent his busy work experience week. He was involved with the visit from a whole Primary School, which he took in his stride - and accompanied a walking tour of the City themed around the Civil War.

The University of Worcester hosted Zoe in the Accountancy Department, Matthew in the Business Department and Chay at new sports venue, The Worcester University Arena. Zoe worked on a range of tasks including spreadsheets, Matthew attended meetings and Chay staffed the The Arena reception desk. The Hive, the library serving The University of Worcester and the public in Worcester, was Renee’s choice for her work experience. She was given a different area of work every day and caught the bus into town from NCW – making her own way there and back independently.

Lewis set off for St Peters Baptist Church and enjoyed a varied week – getting stuck into many different activities, including working in the café, providing pre-concert refreshments for a group of children and manning reception.


Different schools and colleges have offered their support hosting a number of students this year. Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form was Ali’s destination, and after the first day, he was independently finding his way around, giving students tips on javelin and discus throwing and talking confidently and openly to Year 7 students asking about his disability. Angel visiting Cherry Orchard Primary School and absolutely loved being involved in a Year 2 classroom – so much so that she didn’t want to leave at the end of the week! Naqib's passion is to work with young people with special needs so really enjoyed his work experience at Regency High School. Younger children were the focus for Sage at local nursery Little Treasures, where she worked well with the rest of the team and involved herself as much as she could in the day-to-day work looking after the pre-school children there.

Sarah enjoyed her week at Worcester Snoezelen (which provides a sensory environment for people with learning difficulties) so much she is hoping to volunteer again on a more permanent basis. She was thrilled to be able to practise some music therapy, which is where her hopes lie for the future.

Jack spent his week visiting a range of local leisure facilities, which fit perfectly with his love of sport and his plans for the future. He has also been part of a high profile fundraising campaign at NCW to raise money for new Goalball kit, and has learnt some good marketing and fundraising skills along the way.

Ji Seok, Rhys and Jack donned their wellingtons for their time at Acton Mill Care Farm where they were involved with caring for the animals – including feeding and cleaning out the pens.

Ji Seok working on the farm

Thanks go to all the organisations that supported our Students – the experience for them was invaluable and they all learnt such a lot about their respective industries.

Some quotes from host organisations:

“I witnessed a very competent young lady speaking with customers and demoing products with ease. I've had only positive feedback from my team who loved having her on the shop floor with them as her passion for beauty really shone through.”

Lush Store Manager on Grace

“They were really great students, their braille tests and general accessibility tests were a massive help and their feedback was always well thought out and delivered”

Dolphin Computer Access on William, Rufus, Mohammed and Jake

“Ali had a very positive work experience. He became more confident and independent as the week went on. He took the warm up in lessons and then in Throws he actually took some javelin and discus with a couple of students and taught them”

Christopher Whitehead Language College on Ali

“It was lovely to have her in school and great to see her confidence grow daily. She said she had really enjoyed her time with us and that was definitely evident from her smiles and conversations!”

Cherry Orchard Primary School on Angel

“I visited Renee at the Hive today and she is clearly having a wonderful time. She showed me round all the areas she has been working, including the children’s area and the teachers’ resources. She has done a variety of tasks and has a varied programme for the whole week. This afternoon she will be supporting a Wacky Wednesday activity in the children’s library.”

Cathy Wright – NCW Librarian and Head of Key Stage 3 on Renee