During the summer half-term, the Franklin College Career Academy students were hard at work during their Internships at local organisations around Grimsby. 44 students worked at organisations such as DONG Energy, Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, DFDS, NELC and Shoreline Housing Partnership, NAVIGO and Bridge McFarland and many others.
Three of Franklin’s Career Academy students on internships at the Care Plus Group. From left: Katherine Day (Logistics Academy), Abbie Kinnaird (Health Academy), Dillan Nutbrown (Business Academy), Lauryn Claypole (Law Academy).
As part of the Career Ready programme, students must complete a 4-6 week internship to aid them in developing their employability skills and to give them hands-on experience in a working environment.
Students who completed their internships at Care Plus Group this year were given the opportunity to be on the front line of the organisation; answering phone calls, emails and service user queries, as well as being able to take part in meetings and various projects within the organisation. One student also got the opportunity to work with the Therapy team and actively help with patients’ hydrotherapy.
Dillan Nutbrown, Business Academy student and intern at Care Plus Group wrote an article about his time there in which he said, “I would like to say thank you on behalf of all interns at Care Plus Group. Thank you to Career Ready, to Franklin College and to the Care Plus Group for providing us with this opportunity. I can confidently say that all of us have enjoyed, and found beneficial, all aspects and opportunities in this internship.”
Another of the Business Academy students, Ellie Toombs, completed her internship with the Careers Enterprise Company.
During her time with the company, Ellie visited various different schools, attended meetings, presented in front of a crowd of people and also wrote an article which was published in the Grimsby Telegraph.
Ellie said, “I really, really enjoyed my internship. Everyone I met was welcoming and helpful. My internship was amazing and has encouraged me to change my chosen university course to something I now know I would enjoy.”
Ellie’s mentor and internship supervisor was very impressed with her. “Ellie has asked lots of questions and has been fully committed to the placement. Ellie met the Careers Enterprise Company team and has now been invited to London to meet them. They were all really pleased that Ellie has done so much in such a short time, including the CEC spreadsheets, local provider information, and designing a localised information sheet for the local schools.”
A photo from student Oliver Watson (STEM Academy) while on a visit to the offshore windfarm with DONG Energy.
One Health Academy student who completed her internship with Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, Lauren Cox, was given the opportunity to do things such as taking patients to theatre and observing surgery, taking patients’ observations and x-raying patients. Lauren said, “I loved my internship. It gave me a real insight into the job of a Paediatric Nurse and opened my eyes to the job I want to do.”
Another student, Daniel Noble from the Logistics Academy, completed his internship with technology company XOS. Daniel got the chance to install new printers at Franklin, input data into the company’s system and manage the company’s social media sites. Daniel said, “It is is a fantastic scheme and opportunity and the experience will look great on my CV.”
Daniel Noble (Logistics Academy) on his internship at XOS.
XOS were so impressed with Daniel and his work that they have offered him a part-time job managing their social media platforms.
On behalf of Franklin College, we would like to say a huge thank you to all of the local organisations that offered an internship and to those who supported, and continue to support, our students.