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Ready for the world of work

Student Will at work in the charity shop

A hands-on work placement at National Star’s Cheltenham charity shop has given second-year student Will the confidence and skills to prepare for paid or voluntary employment after college.

Will, who is studying on the Skills for Work Supported Internship, works at the shop one day a week. His main duties include replacing batteries in donated toys, checking clothing sizes and refreshing the book stock.

‘It’s giving me the experience I need for the working world and is letting me explore what I might want to do after college,’ said Will.

‘Getting used to a new environment and new people has meant that my confidence and independence has really improved.’

As part of his internship Will has also completed work placements at Marks & Spencer and Webbs Garden Centre. The opportunities to develop his customer service, social and communication skills mean that Will now has the confidence to work unsupported and independently in the charity shop. He has also been travelling to the placement independently.

‘Will has thrived in this environment,’ said Mike Youart, Senior Job Mentor at National Star.

‘He’s a hard worker who isn’t afraid of getting stuck into a task. He has support when he needs it, but with set tasks every week he is able to work confidently and independently.’

Interested in volunteering or grabbing a bargain? Visit our charity shops in Hucclecote Road, Gloucester and next to Waitrose in Cheltenham, open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 4.30pm.

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