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The experience has been great and I look forward to next year.

How has the student’s role added value and benefit to your organisation?

The students have made a massive contribution to The Port Grocery while here. They have worked together on projects, including a celebratory event for Volunteer Week, in addition to having their own placements to work on while here with us. In addition they have also all played a pivotal role in collecting research for our impact report, by collecting and entering almost 400 survey responses from the range of beneficiaries we work with.

Can you offer advice to other organisations considering hosting second year undergraduates on work placement?

My advice would be to work with the students and assign them meaningful projects which enable them to use the knowledge they have learnt within their degrees, in addition to tying in with their preferences and areas they enjoy.

What would you say are the most important skills and qualities you look for in a prospective employee?

We look for individuals who are/display: personable; team workers; great communication skills with all levels; initiative; adaptability; willingness; commitment to or passionate about our cause.

Do you think it is important for students to undergo Work Based Learning during their studies?

Personally, I think Work Based Learning is an absolutely vital part of any student’s degree. It is a key time for students to learn about the work place and how they can apply their many transferable skills.