Martin & Co Hinckley has signed up to the new employability programme at Midland Studio College, aimed at providing vocational work placement opportunities for students from ages 14-16 in Hinckley, Nuneaton and the surrounding area.
As part of the agreement, 15 year-old Ethan Towers from Hinckley has started a one-day per week work placement at Martin & Co Hinckley. During his placement period, Ethan will experience a wide range of job functions and services including valuations, viewings, client meetings and administration.
Ethan Towers said: “I chose Midland Studio College because I find the whole idea of getting you ready for work exciting, going out on placements, growing your communication and people skills and getting a competitive edge over other young people. There’s a real buzz around real estate for me. In the future, I’d love to have a career in property sales and management and I’m already finding my placement with Martin & Co Hinckley to be an enriching and enjoyable experience.”
Chris Finn, Director of Personal Coaching and Business Links at Midland Studio College Hinckley said: “Our school model depends on forging great working partnerships with local employers and we’re excited to have Martin & Co Hinckley on board. By taking Ethan on placement, they’re demonstrating real, positive and proactive leadership when it comes to developing the next generation of professionals.”
Steve Chadwick, Franchisee/Director at Martin & Co Hinckley added: “We’re delighted to become one of the first local employers to get involved with the Midlands Studio College programme. The programme allows us to invest in the development of the local economy and to support young talent. We’re looking forward to welcoming and working with Ethan.”
Midland Studio College Hinckley is one of only 28 studio schools currently open in the UK and is the first to be judged outstanding following an Ofsted inspection. Studio Schools were first introduced in 2010. They are a relatively new type of Government-funded school with a focus on providing students with the skills, attributes and real work experience that employers need.
At the Midland Studio College Hinckley, students in years 10 and 11 study five core GCSEs (English, Maths, double Science and IT) alongside a BTEC Certificate in Business, Health and Social Care, or Engineering depending on their study specialism. Students undertake weekly work placements with local companies, in addition to completing real work related projects set by employers.