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We have been hosting Chester students for 6 years now, and it has nearly always been an extremely positive experience both for us and for them. We are still in touch with some of our previous students, and it is lovely to hear from them as they start on their professional careers.

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

Several of our adults with learning disabilities have been coming to our project for many years. Having a new young person around to talk to and interact with makes life more interesting for our regular attendees, and their contribution and support is invaluable to our small staff team at what is always a very busy time of year. They can provide a fresh new perspective on issues.

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

Do it. If there are problems (and they do happen occasionally) the Chester WBL team are very helpful and supportive.

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

For us, good interpersonal skills, a sense of humour, and somebody who is prepared to get “stuck in “. As we are a small team, we look for people who are prepared to support and work alongside our regular clientele.

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

I think it is a wonderful chance for students to gain valuable work experience. If the student is matched well with their Work Based Learning project it is a great chance for them to gain skills, experience and knowledge which they can carry forwards into their future careers. And it can look great on their CVs.