Derwen College students Brandon and Dougie were able to return to work placements outside of college today when they manned the Derwen College stall as part of Oswestry’s monthly Artisan Market last week.
It was so exciting to be able to return to work placements and be part of the town community. The day was made even more memorable when new town mayor Councillor Mark Jones visited their stall.
The College’s market stall sells cakes, bread, jams and chutneys made by Hospitality & Food students at the college’s Food Centre. It offers real customer-facing work experience for students, acts as a showcase for Derwen College, and brings some income into the college.
Oswestry Town Council holds weekly markets at the town’s Bailey Head as well as the monthly Artisan Market.
Work experience co-ordinator Abi Baker said that she was ‘absolutely over-the-moon’ that students from vocational pathways were able to return to work placements.
She said: “At college we’ve made sure that work placements have been available for students on-site through our online shop, staff and student takeaway service TipTopTakeOut, new charity shop The Vintage Advantage, and an Ebay shop. However, nothing beats the experience of being back out in the community talking to real customers. It’s been an amazing day for students and staff.”
Find out more about learning and work experience at Derwen College and sign up to our virtual Summer Open Day on 26th June.