A fine furniture retailer is providing paid placements for Teesside University students to allow them to immerse themselves in the world of work.
Oliver Slade and Alex Youngman, who are studying for web development degrees, are working one day a week at Turnbull and Thomas, which has a show room at Urlay Nook Road, Eaglescliffe.
Turnbull and Thomas, which has a strong and sophisticated web presence, has been established by two Teesside entrepreneurs Terence Turnbull and Gareth Thomas.
The students’ employment involves them working on Turnbull and Thomas’ website’s further development, interacting with media and marketing teams from other suppliers and assisting the sales team processing its online orders.
Managing director Mr Turnbull – pictured (above) with Oliver and Alex – said: “These work placements are part of Turnbull and Thomas’ desire to interact with the wider community.
“We also consider it important that young people are given the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience during their studies to help make them work-ready.
“In addition, we believe that students undertaking work placements or internships should be paid for their work.”
Oliver said: “It is fantastic to put the knowledge I am learning at University in to practice in a real workplace situation. I am sure broadening my skills will stand me in good stead for when I finish my studies and enter the work of work.”
Alex added: “I am really enjoying my time at Turnbull and Thomas, which is giving me an in-depth understanding of the needs of the workplace. I am grateful to Turnbull and Thomas for this work experience.”