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Did you know that Magna provides work placements to students looking to gain some work experience?

Our latest work placement is Lucy Fielding. She is with us two days a week, until June, to gain industrial work experience. We were keen to find out more...

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Lucy, I’m 18, I live on a farm in a small town called Sturminster Newton and I am currently a student at Yeovil College studying level 3 “Constructing the built environment”.

Why did you choose to study this subject?

I have always been a very hands-on sort of person, when you live on a farm it is quite hard not to be, so I’ve known for a long time that I would like to do something along the lines of construction but more directly the health and safety of it.

When I finished my last year of high school and achieved my GCSE’s to do a level 3 course I was over the moon. I then soon found out that the course I wanted to do, (which is now the one I am doing), was not running. I then had to decide on another course, so I chose to do level 1 & 2 joinery over the course of two years in the meantime.

Going back to what I’m doing now, level 3 constructing the built environment, is built up of 6 topics:
•    Domestic construction
•    Industrial and commercial construction
•    Health and safety
•    Sustainability and new technologies
•    Science and materials
•    Mathematics

Why did you choose to have your work placement at Magna?

At the start of my course, I was really struggling to find a work placement, as I was unsure of what I wanted to do in the future. One of my tutors said that he had got me a place at Magna if I wanted it. He had emailed someone at Magna about me and they were really keen to have me! I was told I would be spending time with all the different departments, which sounded perfect as it would give me an insight into all the possible careers.

What have you been doing on your placement?

I came here with the thought of mainly doing health and safety. Yet, I have been all over the place and have enjoyed every bit of it! I’ve been to a large number of sites with different departments, getting to see all the different aspects of them and seeing the behind the scenes of it all in the office.
So far I’ve been:

  • With the development team
  • With various people of asset management and I’ve been given my own project to see through start to finish.
  • In the call centre
  • Out and about with maintenance services
  • Doing various training and health and safety work with Steve

I am really enjoying my time at Magna so far. I am still unsure of what exactly I want to do in the future but I am learning new things every day I’m here. What I’ve been doing at Magna has already aided me whilst I’ve been in the classroom in just a few months!

Everyone at Magna has been very interested and supportive of what I’m doing here on my placement and at college.

Are there many girls following this career path?

I was the only girl on the joinery course in both levels, but most of the boys treated me better than they treated each other or their bits of wood so I couldn’t really complain!

This year, on the constructing the built environment course, I am still the only girl. All of the boys on it are lovely but I would definitely like to see more girls joining the construction world in the future. I even achieved an award in level 2 for best in class so it really does show that anyone is capable of doing anything.

What advice would you give to other people your age leaving school or thinking of getting some work experience?

Previously, I never really fitted in properly at any of my work experience placements which must have been because I was looking at careers in the wrong place. Because of this when I found out one of the criteria for my course was to do 315 hours of work experience, I was a bit hesitant, to say the least. However, my time at Magna has been absolutely amazing so far!

I would fully recommend anyone to come to Magna even if it was just for a week, although the longer the better! There is never a dull moment and all the staff are so lovely, they treat you just like one of them, and it really gives you an insight into the working world.

Work experience is a great way to give you a taste of what it would be like doing what you may want to do in the future. It can help you decide if this is what will suit you or not. I’m glad that Magna has helped me decide I’m now along the right lines of what I want to do when I finish my education.

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