Leicester College Student Placement Day

Leicester College
Leicester College | 2021 |

Leicester College Student Placement Day

As part of our contract commitment to work with local schools and colleges, idverde offer young people and students the opportunity to work with us to gain invaluable work experience. Activities during the placements included horticultural duties such as clearing areas and planting bulbs.

idverde is working in partnership with Leicester College to offer weekly work placement days for students with learning disabilities and hosted another work placement day for the students at Queen’s Park in Loughborough. The aim of the placement is to provide students with moderate learning disabilities useful work experience and employability skills.

Following a short health and safety briefing, the students set to work clearing the fallen leaves in areas of the park. The leaves collected were taken to be composted and will be recycled into mulch to be used around the park.

There was a great atmosphere as the students worked as a team. Together, they completely cleared large, open areas of the park, leaving it looking neat and tidy and ready for the spring. Several members of the public stopped to comment on how great the park looked and thanked the students for their hard work.

Students gain valuable work experience which also helps to improve their social skills and interaction with an employer and members of the public. Opportunities for these work placement days will continue throughout the academic year of 2021/22 to help even more young people wanting to gain experience.

“It is a pleasure to be working with Leicester College on the work placement programme with their students again – especially as we were unable to do this last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This year’s group of students are just brilliant and hard working. It is so rewarding getting to know each individual student and watching them grow in confidence as they work together as a team and help us to look after Queen’s Park. The group are not only gaining valuable work experience, but also an appreciation for the green spaces and our environment.” - Nicola Clarke, Midland’s Horticultural Development Manager