Students take over at offices

Making Plans: Highfields School BTEC Business students  Sophie Grindrod and Tess Edmonds discuss their ideas for the new London Youth Hostel with Volunteer Development Worker Katherine Kenyon as part of Takeover Day at the YHA offices in Matlock.
Making Plans: Highfields School BTEC Business students Sophie Grindrod and Tess Edmonds discuss their ideas for the new London Youth Hostel with Volunteer Development Worker Katherine Kenyon as part of Takeover Day at the YHA offices in Matlock.

STUDENTS entered the world of work by taking over an office for the day in Matlock.

The 29 BTEC business students from Highfields School put in a shift at the Youth Hostel Association headquarters on Dimple Road as part of a scheme that allows youngsters to experience employment for the day.

The 14 and 15-year-olds assisted the YHA executive and property team in the design and planning of a new London hostel.

Student Chloe Hardern said: “I got a good overview of how an office functions, and what it’s exactly like in a working environment.

“It’s helped me gain a better understanding of the charity’s values and aims, and what goes on behind the scenes.

“I think it’s also helped me gain confidence as I know what to expect from the world of work.”