We spoke to Liam Plumridge, Head of Employability at Harrow Richmond and Uxbridge College (HRUC), about the impact of international work placements for students at the College.
“It has been incredible to witness learners blossoming into amazing young adults, getting opportunities they would never get. As a result of the trips, learners are flourishing in their studies.
“It has made us rethink the work placement opportunities that we are looking for”
It has revitalised what we do. We have seen our host countries give us these fantastic opportunities for our learners – why can’t we do more in our own country? It has made us rethink the work placement opportunities that we are looking for and offering to our learners locally. It has broadened our perspectives on what is out there.
Our new students see it as a unique opportunity that the College offers; it has improved the profile of the College.
We are giving our young people the opportunity to go to another country, be more independent and learn about a different culture. It is an opportunity for disadvantaged students to leave a deprived area and see some inspirational locations. Without the funding they would never be able to afford to do this.”