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Students get a taste of working life abroad

SOLIHULL students had the opportunity to experience working life abroad thanks to a government programme.

BTEC students at Solihull Sixth Form College travelled to Seville, Spain, as part of the Turing Programme, the UK government’s programme to fund international education and training opportunities around the world.

Young people from across BTEC took part in the trip, including those studying Applied Science, Business, IT and Sport. Each had a different workplace and the businesses they worked in included water sports, school camps, farms, IT services, science laboratories, nurseries, care homes, restaurants and retail.

Janice Hamilton, vice principal of the college, said: “The Touring Programme offers young people a fantastic opportunity to spread their wings, not only to gain valuable experience in the workplace, but also to travel abroad and experience a different culture.

“The students learned a lot from the three-week break and improved both their confidence and employability skills.”

In addition to working up to 40 hours per week, students also had free time to explore Seville, visiting attractions such as Plaza de Espana, Seville Cathedral, Jardines de los Reales Alcazares and the University of Seville.