Positive Feedback from Work Experience Employers


Shazwan Amir makes his mark with A4S

“Shazwan has been on work experience at A4S since February this year. He is always punctual and polite and respectful and has proved himself to be hardworking and willing to have a go at new tasks. He works independently most of the time and his work is effective and very helpful to us. Shazwan is friendly and has made an effort to be sociable with all the staff and we enjoy his sense of humour!  His confidence has increased greatly since being with us.  It is a great help having him work with us.

Marian Boland

work experience


the reuse centre

Alex Markovic shines at his interview with the ReUse Centre. Alex has been offered a volunteer placement at The ReUse Centre in their IT section.

Jayne Hall, Volunteer Coordinator, at the The ReUse Centre was really impressed with Alex’s interviewing skills and the following are her comments:

“I was so pleased to have met with Alex who is a thoroughly delightful young man. He asked insightful questions and gave good answers to the questions he was asked. His skills appear to be exactly what we are looking for in an IT volunteer and he has an excellent problem solving and a have-a-go attitude. He met with the IT volunteer supervisor Ray, who showed him around the IT workshop and then, he met some of the other volunteers who work at Gadsby St. I was impressed by his level of social interaction.”

springfield lower school

Springfield Lower School provides excellent support and work experience to our learners.

Two of our learners Naseeb Kaur Takk and Anil Pradeep work in this vibrant school.  Francesca Vasso, their supervisor had the follow comments for each of them:

“Naseeb has shown great confidence during school placement. She works well as part of a team, she has shown professional qualities and is capable at helping a wide range of children. She also, always uses her initiative and thinks on her feet.

Anil works hard in all aspects and takes on all responsibilities around the classroom. He has shown great creativity skills and is a great communicator.”

Parkside Residential Home

Alisha Kumari Dehar has equally shined at her work placement with Parkside Residential Home. We have received positive feedback from her supervisor Shirley Humphreys:
“Alisha is working very well with residents and staff members.  Friendly and helpful, always smiling and she asks questions if she is unsure.”


First Place Training Bedford extends a warm welcome to new staff joining the team


It has been a real pleasure having additional members to our team at our new First Place Centre in Dunstable!



Ravi as our Teaching and Learning Support Assistant

Ravi previously worked with the Prince’s Trust, he has been actively involved with the marketing of our courses and also responsible for facilitating our Personal & Social Development sessions. Ravi has created a strong partnership with numerous external agencies.



Tyaane Thomas               

Tyaane Thomas (Volunteer, Learning Support Assistant). 

Tyanne has just completed her degree in Youth Justice Criminology at the University of Bedfordshire. She has provided excellent support to our learners on both the Child Care and Health and Social Care Course.



Helen McHugh (IAG Advisor)Helen Helen is a learning development professional with 18 years experience working in education, local authorities and the NHS. Helen is working towards her Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance. She is working with learners both at the Bedford and Kempston centres. She is offering invaluable information, advice and guidance to all our learners.






Tameka is studying for her MSc in Social Work at the University of Bedfordshire and is on her work placement with First Place Training.  She has worked with various voluntary agencies and the hands-on experience has equipped her to work with not only young people but also adults with learning difficulties within different settings. She is providing the much needed pastoral care to our learners.