Ben at the Local Voice conference he helped to plan
For Housing Day 2014 we asked Curo resident, Ben Fairington, to share his experience of joining Curo on a work placement.
My name is Ben, I’m 22 and I live in a Curo property in the Whiteway area of Bath. For the past seven weeks I’ve been on an accredited work placement with Curo. This work placement has done wonders for me – it’s made me feel more confident in my abilities to work not just as part of a team, but as an individual.
The experience is giving me the chance to build on skills I already have, as well as learn new ones. While I’m on this work placement I’m also working with the City of Bath College to gain NVQ units in Business and Administration.
Some of my existing skills have really developed whilst I’ve been working here – I’m doing a lot of letter writing using different types of software with Curo’s Customer Accounts team. I also work with Curo’s PR & Communications team where I’ve been getting involved with designing posters, magazines and banners – some of these are things I had done before, and that does make it easier, but the PR & Communications team use different design tools.
I’ve made some good friends at Curo and found that working on the inside gives a good insight into the company. I have another role with Curo – I’m a Local Voice. Being a Local Voice is about looking at different ways we can improve our neighbourhoods and also thinking of ways we can make events and activities more appealing to people. One thing I’m particularly proud to have worked on is the recent Local Voice conference.
Working with Curo these past weeks has been a great experience. I know I’m gaining a lot of valuable experience and I’d recommend that anyone looking to get some real work experience under their belt think about schemes like this. If it works for me it can work for you!