Students impress testing out future careers at Wigan Council

Students impress testing out future careers at Wigan Council

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Students Complete Work Experience.

Making a splash with lifeguard duties and saying ‘I do’ to helping at weddings were among some of the council roles tried out by Wigan Borough students last week.

Dozens of young people gained first-hand experience of the varied careers available at a local authority as part of work experience placements at Wigan Council.

The students from The Dean Trust were spread across BeWell leisure centres, council libraries and registrars services, human resources, environment and social care teams and public relations, among others.

Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux MBE, said: “It was absolutely fantastic to see so many bright and eager young faces here in the town hall.

“We were keen to offer an experience to remember for the students and we hope it’s opened their eyes to the range of career opportunities available here at Wigan Council.

“We look forward to hopefully seeing some of them returning in the coming years through our apprenticeship schemes.”

Throughout the week, the young people learned about volunteering and future careers, along with chances to get expert career advice from the council’s Employment Pathways team.

They were also given the lowdown on the development plans in Wigan town centre and spoke with council directors including chief executive Alison Mckenzie-Folan.

15-year-old Logan, who completed his work experience with the council’s public relations team, added: “My experience working at the council has been great. Being here has taught me the importance of councils as they play a big role in society. Without the great workers here, Wigan Borough wouldn’t be the same.”

Fellow Dean Trust student, Anthony, added: “My work experience here at Wigan Council has helped me realise that the council does more than just fill potholes and empty my bins.

“I have learned how to write articles, interview people, and work in an office environment. I would definitely love to work for the council in the future.”

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Posted on Wednesday 19th July 2023

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