Organisation: Super Rod Ltd
Craig took part in a GO Wales work placement as a graphic/product design assistant at Super Rod where he has now been offered a permanent position. Here is Craig’s story.
“The work placement at Super Rod was fantastic as it allowed me to apply my knowledge that I learnt on my design course at Banbury College and I had a varied range of roles to fulfil. I have produced flyers, stickers and various marketing materials. I have also been involved in product introduction, product development, technical drawing and I am even working on a catalogue for Super Rod’s products."
"Whilst on my placement I completed the City & Guilds qualification that GO Wales funded me to complete. The course was extremely helpful, it enabled me to set myself measurable objectives, targets and structure myself within the job role. I must admit when I first started the qualification I didn’t think it would help me but after I started the course I found it invaluable in ensuring I did a good job on the placement. From completing the placement my communication skills and design skills have improved dramatically. I have received lots of support on my placement and after being made permanent I have been attending training courses to further develop my knowledge of specific software packages. I am now in a job that I love and have grown hugely in my design skills.”
The director of Super Rod, Malcom Duncan discussed his experience of having a work placement. “I was really impressed by GO Wales as it was flexible and not controlled, we were able to have lots of input into the way we ran the placement. It is a fantastic way to bring a certain skill set into an organisation or to see a short project through."
"The highlight of the placement was being able to see someone with raw talent and a good attitude develop and produce high quality work. I have been really impressed with Craig’s work and I am happy to welcome him to the organisation permanently. If any organisation was thinking of taking on a graduate work placement I would defiantly say you need to ensure you invest your time into helping the placement in order to get the most out of the scheme for both parties.”