An outstanding Burton and South Derbyshire College Engineering student has won an exciting work placement at Nestlé after impressing staff in a series of assessment days.
Josh Banton was one of five Burton and South Derbyshire College students interested in science, technology, engineering and maths who were invited to the regional Skills and Assessment Day in Tutbury. The students earned their place on the programme by designing an energy efficient solution for a Nestlé product as part of a selection workshop.
Nestlé are working with youth employability experts, MyKindaCrowd to deliver the work placement programme that is providing inspirational employability training and work experience opportunities to young people across the UK.
During the day, students from schools and colleges experienced an assessment day reflective of Nestlé’s recruitment style. They took part in three main activities, each designed to assess different working practices and characteristics.
Josh impressed Nestlé staff during the day’s activities and has been selected for one of the 25 work placements available at the Nestlé site in Tutbury, which he will undertake over the summer in his area of choice.
Josh Banton commented: “I really enjoyed the assessment day; it was good coming up with solutions to the challenges that were set and working in teams with people I didn’t know. I was surprised to be selected for the work placement as everybody there on the day deserved it. I would like a career in engineering and I plan to use this work placement to gain skills for a possible management job in the future.”
Naomi Merrick, Learner Services Manager at Burton and South Derbyshire College said: “Our learners did BSDC proud by showing off their creativity, innovation, presentation and teamwork skills. They had the incredible opportunity to visit the Nestlé factory in Tutbury and gain first-hand experience of the recruitment processes of a global company. Working with real employers and exposing our learners to the workplace not only raises their aspirations but ensures they are fully prepared for the world of work and their bright future ahead.”