Nine second year students at Stockton Sixth Form College are spending their summer completing exciting work experience opportunities in Portugal.
The group of students will travel to Lisbon in July to gain first-hand experience of working life in Portuguese industries such as Sport & Fitness, Social Care, Education, Hospitality and Fashion.
Each student will spend an entire month working and living in Lisbon, the students received Portuguese lessons at the college in preparation.
The Internship was available to all second year students so this is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable work experience. Those lucky students were; Thomas Flynn (Former OLSB), Christine Uchendu (Former English Martyrs School) Aleeyah Mahmood (Former Ian Ramsey), Martin Stoves (Former Ian Ramsey), Patricia Lapitan (Former OLSB), Holly Lewis (Former OLSB), Finola Barron (Former OLSB), Abigail Webb (Former St Patrick’s) Oscar Solis (Former OLSB).
The initiative is funded by the Erasmus+ programme, which offers unique opportunities for young people to experience exchange projects across the continent.
Alexis Jackson, teacher at Stockton Sixth Form College said: “This is an amazing opportunity for our students to gain valuable experience working and living abroad.
“The college’s Eramus+ programme gives Stockton Sixth Form students the edge in securing a future career in their chosen industry because it allows them to gain substantial work experience abroad with the support of a specialist member of staff.
“We are committed to expanding opportunities which enable our students to put their studies to the test and work independently both at home and abroad.”
Student Christine Uchendu, who will be completing her internship with the Lisbon based Fashion Designer David Ferreira said: “I am looking forward to immersing myself into an entirely different culture and living amongst the locals for an entire month. I feel honoured to have been selected by the college to participate in a fashion internship abroad – which is something I’ve wanted to do for a really long time.”