A furniture manufacturer in Huddersfield has joined a work-related learning programme linking businesses and schools.
Slaithwaite-based Daval has recruited Will Smith as a placement student on the Nexus In-Schools programme – also supported by Kirklees Council – which provides work experience for year 11 students in their final year of high school.
Under the scheme, Will, 15, a pupil at Colne Valley High School, works at Daval from Monday to Wednesday and is involved in manufacturing and warehouse processes at the firm.
He then attends school on Thursday and Friday to continue his studies.
He will remain with Daval until summer, 2014, after which he should be able to provide prospective employers with a range of skills and a good understanding of the working environment. The opportunity may also give him a head start in any apprenticeship or other training.
The work offered is designed to help provide practical work skills, boost confidence and help bridge the gap between school life and work.
Alan Bodsworth, of Daval, said: “We already have a long standing relationship with Colne Valley High School providing similar placements in the past and work experience for a number of students over the past few years.”