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From Pathway to Employment - student Zak flourishes at work placement

Pathway to Employment student Zak Gardiner left the staff at McDonalds restaurant in Abbeywood super-impressed with his performance and professionalism during his work placement.

Zak had to have an interview for his position and although he was nervous he was successful in securing his place. Zak arrived promptly for his first day and Business Manager Lee Phillips was impressed by how quickly Zak completed the online mandatory training.

Speaking about his time with Zak, Lee said: “Zak came in a bit nervous and unsure what to expect. During the week he has grown in confidence. From a company and staff point of view it is great to be able to give someone the chance to develop.”

Speaking about Zak’s experience, SGS Work Placement Coach Julie Hembrough, said: “Zak was so excited to work at McDonalds.

“When I went to visit him on placement he told me just how much he loved meeting new people, serving the drinks, working with people and trying new things. 

“Lee and his team were so welcoming and supportive of Zak. They ensured Zak learnt new tasks each day and was fully supported and his needs met.

“Thanks to Zak being so amazing on placement McDonalds are now looking forward to accepting more SGS students. Well done Zak we are all really proud of you.”

This is the third time that 17-year-old Zak has participated in a work placement experience as part of his course, previously completing placements at a Donkey Sancrutary and Asda.