Hereward College News

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Hereward College students excel in work experience placements with Sainsbury’s.

Two students from Hereward College looking to carve out a career in the retail and business industry undertook a week long work placement with Sainsbury’s supermarket in Canley, Coventry.

Working in partnership with the College, the stores H.R manager Paul Clayton along with store trainer Jill Sheffield devised a timetable of activities that would enhance and develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of the world of work.

Students were given guidance on travel arrangements; self-management and interview skills before the placement and during their time in the store developed an understanding of the different departments and array of possible roles that could be made available to them once they leave full time education. James Stewart and Hassan Ali were looking to work as stock assistants but since their time with the store they are hoping to progress into other roles. James Stewart said ‘ At first I was nervous but now I would really like to move into a career of store security, I didn’t realise how much work goes into keeping a store like Sainsburys safe.’

Sainsbury’s has seen this placement as a success and are looking to allow more students with disabilities onto this unique programme. Store Trainer Jill Sheffield commented that ‘The two students were keen and enthusiastic and a pleasure to have in store.

Hereward College is looking to work with more organisations to promote disability in the workplace and allow students to understand the world of work.

If you believe your organisation could also benefit from a unique work placements programme please contact Tilly Absalom on

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