Read below students' first-hand accounts of undertaking work experience at Stratford-on-Avon District Council:
At the beginning of February 2019, I came to Stratford-on-Avon District Council for a week's work experience as part of a BTEC Level 3 Business course.
My placement was in Professional Support, where I saw what goes on internally in a public sector organisation within the Legal Services, Human Resources, Corporate Communications, Consultation & Insight and ICT and Business development departments.
Throughout the week, I was able to develop my learning and see first-hand the different aspects of the organisation. On Tuesday I shadowed Simon, part of the Consultation and Insight department, who showed me how the council gets involved with local people and the community and how they improve services to make changes to the district.
On Wednesday, I shadowed the Human Resources administration department, who help make road closure changes, and was able to see first-hand each process the changes must go through before reaching the public, such as the stamping process in the Legal Services department. The old traditional stamp was interesting to see.
On Thursday, I was in the Communications department, which I found the most fascinating as I am interested in marketing. I was able to see how the council manages social media and keeps it flowing smoothly. I also saw how they manage analytics, how they try to make their content reach different audiences and what goes on behind the scenes of running a business website.
Overall, I found my placement at Stratford-on-Avon District Council very engaging and informative and all the staff members around the council were friendly and helpful. The work experience improved my understanding of a business and I was able to learn new aspects that I have not yet covered in my course.