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Students get work experience

STUDENTS had quite a tale to tell after working for the first time in a dog grooming salon.

Amy Robinson and Katy Ellington, of The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham, spent two k9 stylemasterweeks on work experience at K9 Stylemaster in Brookfield.

The students spent their time bathing animals, before the pets were transformed by professional groomers, and helped around the salon.

The King’s Academy secures work experience for hundreds of Year 10 students to help them decide on their futures and to support local business.

Amy, 15, of Coulby Manor, said:

We have really enjoyed working with the dogs which are so cute and I would love to do something like this in the future.”

Katy, 15, of Hemlington, added:

It has also been interesting to see life outside of school and what it will be like having a job.”

Professional groom Christine Robinson said:

They have been marvellous and we have seen them build their confidence and self-esteem. Work experience brings young people out of their shells and gets them used to mixing with older people.”

Work experience co-ordinator at The King’s Academy Jackie Hurst added:

We get such great support from local employers who are only too willing to give young people a chance to get a taste of working life. It really does inspire our students and when they return to the classroom they are energised and have a new-found purpose.”

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Girl tries out career in welding

SCHOOLGIRL Khadija Tariq proved to be a bright spark when she was offered a first taste of engineering.

The 15-year-old student at The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham, secured a work ind marine hydraulics2placement with Middlesbrough-based Industrial and Marine Hydraulics.

And when she wasn’t helping out with administration she was in the workshop trying her hand at electric welding.

When I saw that I was going to be welding I panicked but I really enjoyed it and wanted to do more,” said Khadija, of Middlesbrough.

I had to wear a lot of protective gear, which was very hot, but it was really rewarding, especially as I am the first girl the company has ever had on work experience. I am hoping to go into the sixth form now and might even study engineering at university.”

For the past 30 years Industrial and Marine Hydraulics has worked around the globe servicing, fitting, commissioning and building engineering products for the steel, marine, oil, ferry and off-shore industries.

Its engineers have worked on oil rigs, ships, in steelworks and power stations in far flung countries such as China, India and Azerbaijan.

ind marine hydraulics1Administration assistant Catherine Mann said:

Khadija is the first girl we have had and she has been helping move our paper systems into electronic and been in the workshop. It is great to give young people an insight into the global opportunities that are available right here in Middlesbrough.”

The King’s Academy’s work experience co-ordinator Jackie Hurst added:

We pride ourselves on finding the students worthwhile placements which offer them an insight into the diverse opportunities available to them in our region.

It’s important to take them out of their comfort zone where the rewards are so rich and the possible impact on their lives so great.”