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This year, 2017, saw ten students come from the High Arcal School to Oldenburg to carry out their work experience placement in the context of the Programme OL WE. Between Saturday 15 July and Friday 21 July 2017, the students accompanied by Miss Rebecca Leigh and Miss Kiri Westwood carried out their work experience in a wide range of professional fields and company settings: Sadie Meed and Emily Wilmcott worked on a dairy farm run by Hanke and Jürn Diers. Here, the students worked the land, looked after the animals and even got a chance to ride a tractor.

Working in the medical sector, Reece Malhan did his placement at the Pius Hospital in Oldenburg’s city centre and gained insights into the radiology and administrative departments. Caitlin Hoyland, also working in health, got to go to Dr. Lensch’s dentist surgery, where Caitlin took an active role in assisting in operations, including with a root canal operation.

Thomas Durnall worked in the communications company, Mediavanti, and got to create interviews, one of which he conducted on an English native speaker living in Oldenburg. Brandon Britton really did shine at his work placement at the Technologie- und Gründerzentrum Oldenburg, working in software engineering at erpwerk ERP-Software & Development, in which he was heavily involved in programming software and interacted very well with the personnel.

Laura Rogers worked at the Academy of English as the assistant to the Director of Studies, even observing lessons and providing feedback. She showed great skills of organisation in her work and enjoyed being independent.

Holly-Jane Hughes worked at one of Oldenburg’s largest employers, CEWE Color, a leading photo finishing company in Europe, employing thousands of people. Holly really impressed her employer, so much so that her line manager said: “We would offer her an apprenticeship because of her skills set”.

Although Sienna’s placement at the local radio station did not come to fruition, she did her placement at a local legal practice, in which she was not just involved in administration, but also could visit a court and gain insights into the German legal system and its proceedings, even getting to attend a court trial itself.

Last and by no means least, Kaylem Wynne did his internship at the Physio Paultyn and made over two dozen visits to homes of the elderly to see how physiotherapy was done in Germany. He benefitted from these insights and also the interaction between him and the patients.

Alongside the work placements, students got to cycle, cook and go swimming. On the last full day at their stay, they paid a visit to Oldenburg’s partner city, Groningen, visiting the town centre to do some shopping and also putting their painting skills to the test by visiting the Groningen Confucius Institute.

Given the success of the work experience placements as well as the broader social activities programme, the Academy of English and High Arcal School will offer the OL WE programme again for a fifth consecutive year in 2018.