Valuable work experience for foundation students

Published: July 16, 2019

Resale and recycling social enterprise Reviive will join forces with Telford College again in September to continue a successful partnership offering valuable work experience to students.

Reviive has donated a number of its products to the foundation course pop-up shop on the college’s Haybridge campus this year.

The shop was open from September 2018 to the end of June, run exclusively by students from the course. Find course information HERE

Telford College’s foundation department is aimed at young people with Special Education Needs (SEN), predominantly in the 16-19 age bracket.

The students work on a bespoke curriculum to enable them to access pathways for adulthood. As well as items from Reviive, the students also sold products made by themselves.

Natasha Careless, high needs transition and work experience coordinator at Telford College, said: “This was fantastic for the students and resulted in meaningful retail work experience within a supportive environment.

“They were given the responsibility of running the shop and choosing what to sell in it, which

Pictured with Foundation students are Bhopendra Janagal and Natasha Careless from Telford College, and Julie Hotchkiss of Reviive.

Pictured with Foundation students are Bhopendra Janagal and Natasha Careless from Telford College, and Julie Hotchkiss of Reviive.

included a visit to Reviive’s store in Shrewsbury.

“The range of new stock will be supplemented further by Reviive when the shop opens again in September and we would like to thank Julie Hotchkiss and her team for their support throughout the process.”

Julie Hotchkiss, retail manager at Reviive, said: “We are pleased to have supported this project and look forward to picking it up again in September. The Foundation students were a pleasure to work with.

“We hope that our contribution helps them to gain an understanding of retail and the confidence to deal with the outside world.”