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Alex’s Week at BCC
Hi, my name is Alex and I was doing work experience at Bristol City Council. During the week, I did e-learning, attended some meetings, found out about the roles in the post-16 team and what they do. I also helped out at the disability and equality training. This was really interesting as it allowed me to see what people should and shouldn’t be doing regarding disability.
I was welcomed by Intisar who went through the induction with me. I was shown health and safety, how to log in to my computer, I was showed e-learning and I started to complete a course – ‘Equality, Diversity & Inclusion: Your Rights & Responsibilities’. I also watched a video which showed the ways that the council is helping the community. I then had a tour of the building – I was so shocked how big it was! Then, In the afternoon, I went to meet Delyse who showed me the software that is used to understand schools and the opportunities open to young people.
In the morning I was introduction to the real work challenge. Afterwards I went to have a chat with Hayley in the cash hall about Bristol WORKS – the BBC work experience programme. She brought me a hot chocolate it was so nice! She told me what she does to help to bring work experience to different schools and then I did more e-learning before it was lunch time. In the afternoon, I went to a team meeting. It was interesting to see how the meetings are run and to hear each person talk about their projects and how they were progressing.
In the morning, I did more e-learning. After that, I looked at the various websites with Sasha. She was able to log in and changed some bits. She was adding information for people to access. In the afternoon I went with Karima to look at which 16 to 18 years old in Bristol are In education, employment or training and which ones are not. If they’re not, the team helps them to find something to do.
I completed the ‘Disability and Equality Training Course’. It was all day and it was interesting to find out how people and workplaces should be treating people with a disability. There were some activities including a discussion about what words were and weren’t acceptable. We also had to think about a person with a disability and consider if they had any barriers when at home, at work, or if they had any problems with themselves from birth or later in life. It was interesting to hear people discuss it.
On the last day, I did the feedback form and finished a few bits in the logbook that I needed to complete.
Doing work experience in Bristol City Council has showed me what a busy workplace it is and what the various roles are in the Council. I would recommend this to anyone who wants work in a busy environment with lots of things going on. Overall it was good experience.
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