Year 10 students from Farnborough Academy in Clifton are benefitting from a project which prepares them for working life in a practical hands-on way.
East Leake-based British Gypsum, part of global construction materials company Saint-Gobain, is one of several local organisations supporting this scheme.
It involved 10 year 10 students taking part in a six-week programme of visits to the company.
Students had a site tour, CV writing training, speed networking and meeting British Gypsum apprentices and graduates.
Comments from the students included “the practical activities were great fun and the whole experience was really good,” as well as “the day has broadened my horizons for jobs out there and it helped with my confidence and people skills”.
Farnborough Academy careers co-ordinator, Rachel Boseley, said: “This project is all about building confidence.
“It is a great opportunity for students to really experience the world of work and develop key employability skills.
“We are very fortunate to have developed a strong relationship with British Gypsum.”
Rachel Morris, British Gypsum sustainability leader and co-ordinator of the programme, added: “By engaging with the students and helping them to become ready for work, we are investing in our potential workforce of the future.”