We are delighted to have our first ever work experience students.  We have two students from Midhurst Rother College who are with us for the week, getting a taste of the working environment and learning lots of new skills.

Read on for their blog about their week with us:

DAY 1

Guy “My name is Guy and I am 14 years old and I go to Midhurst Rother College.  I am here working at the Fittleworth Stores and cafe on my work experience placement.  It is only Monday and I have already learnt a lot about what it is like to be in a working environment.  It has been my first experience of serving customers and it has been a lot of fun.  I have learned how to make milkshakes and smoothies, restock shelves, use the till, and lots more.  All staff have been very friendly and customers have been understanding of me when running the tills (I am still getting the hang of it).

Sebastian “Hello, my name is Sebastian and I am fourteen years old.  I go to Midhurst Rother College.  This week I am doing work experience at the Fittleworth Stores.  Today I have learnt many things about the cafe and store and about what it is like to work in a working environment.  I have been taught how to do many things, for example how to use a till, to make milkshakes and to restock the shelves.  Every member of staff has been welcoming and friendly, and customers have been understanding and patient as I gain experience.”

DAY 2

Sebastian “Today at the Fittleworth village store we have made some chocolate traybakes to be sold at the counter.  In addition, I have served and interacted with customers at their tables and I am now feeling more confident with most things around the shop.  It has been good to meet some of the volunteer staff who work around the store and cafe.”

Guy “Today at the village store we have made chocolate traybakes to be sold at the counter.  I have served more customers which has been a good experience.  I think I’m starting to get the hang of it now.  I pretty much know how everything operates now around the shop and cafe.  It has been good to meet some more staff and I continue to be an expert at making smoothies and milkshakes.  I can’t wait for the rest of the week!”

DAY 3

Guy “Today, we have helped to stock the shelves and tidy up.  We have also taken photos of local produce – it has been a lot of fun even though I am not an expert photographer!  Provided the photos are to a standard hopefully they will appear on the website.  After taking the photos, we made £1 and 50p pick n mix bags which was quite satisfying.  After the completion of this task, we made not of things we need from the wholesaler Booker which is where we are going tomorrow morning.  I am looking forward to going there because I haven’t been to a wholesaler before.  It would be nice to experience something new.”

Sebastian “Today we have taken photos of produce sold by local businesses and manufacturers, these photos will hopefully appear on the Stores website. We have also been completing daily tasks around the shop to make sure everything works smoothly and properly.  In addition to this we created pick n mix bags to be sold at the counter for 50p and for £1.  After the completion of this task we made note of all items required from Booker the wholesalers tomorrow.  I am enjoying the responsibility presented by this experience.”

DAY 4

Sebastian “Today we have become more experienced at working the tills when it was busy in the morning.  Later this morning we went to Chichester to visit the wholesaler Booker.  This is where the shop and the cafe get a lot of their food from.  This was quite an intriguing experience.  We were able to buy some stock that we were lacking for the shop and also for the cafe.  Tomorrow we will be creating our sandwich of the day which will be sold to customers throughout the day”

Guy “Today in the morning we were on the tills when it was quite busy and that all worked out.  I think I’m getting better at serving customers, this skill is applicable for all jobs (having to deal with people).  Later on this morning, we went to the wholesaler Booker which is where the Store gets lots of it’s stock from.  This was an interesting experience, because everything is sold in mass packaging.  I’m pretty sure you could get anything from there,  Tomorrow I think we are going to make our sandwich of the day which will be sold (hopefully) during the day.”

DAY 5

Guy “Unfortunately, this is our last day of work experience here, it has been fun working here.  I know it is a cliche but I have genuinely learnt a lot about what it is like to be in a working environment and this experience has benefited me hugely.  I now know how businesses like this are run and credit goes to all volunteers and members of staff who run the store and work hard to benefit the community.  On my last day, Sebastian and I created our wrap which was a lot of fun to make although I’m not sure it was a big seller.  Every task I have done this week I have done to my best ability.  I hope some of what I have written on this daily blog encourages others to do their experience because it is a lot of fun.  I wish the store the best for the future as I know how hard all the staff work to make the store successful for the community.”

Sebastian ” Sadly, today is our last day of work experience working at the Fittleworth Village Store.  In this short period of time I have learnt a great deal of things about a working environment and the store itself.  During my final day we were able to create the “sandwich of the day” (which was a wrap) which was sold in the cafe.  In additional to this we did our usual tasks around the shop and cafe.  This was a great experience and I encourage others to do the same as us for their work experience in the future.”

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