Nerves of steel! Y10 pupils get welding, glazing & fabricating on work experience at local firm

Work experience students Milo (left) and Tyler in the yard

By Giles Gwinnett [email protected]

Published: June 12, 2024 | Updated: 12th June 2024

Two pupils from Twynham School in Christchurch have been given practical work experience at local structural steel firm REIDsteel.

Year 10 students Milo and Tyler spent time on a structured programme at the firm’s design and production departments.

The family-owned steel firm, which has exported to 140 countries, was founded in 1919 and designs, manufactures and erects all types of structures, including cladding, glazing, roofing and doors.

TylerTyler spent time in the pre-fabrication, sheet metal, glazing and fabrication workshops and also worked in the yard, getting a chance to try his hand at welding.

“I know what a variety of jobs options there are within the industry now and I’m pretty sure that it’s something I want to pursue for the future,” he said.

Milo, based in design, added: “My favourite part was learning so many things. I was able to take away an understanding of what it’s like to be in a work environment.”

Donna CampoDonna Campo, operations director at REIDsteel, said: “We aim to give work experience students a meaningful and practical experience, which provides them with an insight into our company and opportunities within our industry.

“We believe it’s important to support our local community and schools, while also building relationships to encourage the next generation to think of the diverse and rewarding careers on offer with REIDsteel.

“It was a pleasure to host Milo and Tyler, who were a credit to themselves and their school.”

REIDsteel employs more than 100 staff and has forged strong links with local schools over the years, regularly attending the annual Careers and Apprenticeship Show at Bournemouth International Centre.

It currently has a number of career opportunities on offer, including for a quantity surveyor, cladding draughtsperson, steel erector, structural engineer, trainee production operative, yard operative and production administrator.

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