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Supported Internship students secure full-time employment in local Waitrose

Warrington & Vale Royal College are delighted that two of their Winsford campus Supported Internship students have been offered permanent roles following their work placements. The college runs Supported Internships to allow students to spend four days per week with an employer and build up their confidence and a range of valuable skills.

Katie Doyle, former student of Oaklands School, and Frankie Coveney, former student of The County High School Leftwich, both completed their Supported Internships with Waitrose (Northwich). The students both thoroughly enjoyed their placements and gained a wide variety of new skills. Katie says, “I really enjoyed it because I learnt a lot of different things”, while Frankie says, “I really enjoyed the course because it‘s improved my confidence and independence.”

The students feel that they were very well supported by their college tutors throughout their internship, with Frankie saying, “If I had any problems or worries, they advised and supported me. I was very anxious when I started but they reassured me.”

Katie and Frankie are both delighted to have been offered full time positions at Waitrose and are most looking forward to chatting with customers and building up their customer service skills. When asked how she felt about being offered a job, Katie said, “I felt really happy, I couldn’t believe I had a job!” Frankie was also surprised and overjoyed, saying, “I’m over the moon and amazed! I was crying with happiness.  I never thought I’d get a job this quickly.”

Dominique Chevalier-Godber, Compliance Manager at Waitrose, is really pleased with how the students have performed during their placements, saying, “They have demonstrated excellent customer service and enthusiasm.”

Warrington & Vale Royal College are very proud of Katie and Frankie and thrilled that their Supported Internships have had such a fantastic outcome. To find out more about Supported Internships, click here.