Two local students have taken part in our Aspiring Entrepreneur Placement Programme.
Aspiring Entrepreneur placements are very different from a standard work experience week. The student spends the whole time alongside the lead entrepreneur/business owner and learns first-hand about what it takes to be an entrepreneur. The students are able to experience all aspects of business life for real – warts and all!
Josh Cousins from Wilberforce College joined FEO Member Graeme Pittaway at CE Pittaway and Austin Green from Beverley Grammar joined Alan Hemingway of Hemingway & Bailey.
Steve Hodgson, Estimator, at C.E. Pittaways commented:
“Josh is getting on really well with his Aspiring Entrepreneur Placement with Pittaways, he’s helpful, enthusiastic and keen to learn about how the business works. He’s been out on three site visits so far and helped with working out the pricing structures, showing that he has the makings of becoming a good estimator in the future!”
He went on to add:
“I would encourage other companies to take part in offering work placements to students as it gives young people a valuable insight into the world of work which they need to help them get started on the career ladder.’”
Josh Cousins (17) first year, BTEC Level 3, Business Studies student at Wilberforce Sixth Form College said:
“My placement at C.E. Pittaway is better than I could have ever imagined, it’s really hands on experience and I’m treated as one of the team! I’m interested in finance and business management so I’m enjoying all of what I’m doing and it’s a great help with deciding on a career path after college.”
Alan Hemingway comments “At Hemingway Bailey we believe passionately that young people are given as varied a work & business experience as possible and Austin who spent a week with us as an FEO Aspiring Work Placement certainly did that. There was no filing or making the tea for him, on the first day he became a certified Quickbooks Online user so he now has a recognised software qualification.
During the week Austin made a great contribution and myself and the team often forgot he was just 15 as he made such a positive, mature contribution to the business.
Hopefully Austin now has a much better understanding of how a business owner works and this experience will both feed in to his academic work but also mean he considers a future in business.”