Annecy and Cheltenham work experience swap

Published on 7th August 2012

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Two students, Valentin and Lucille, from Annecy are in Cheltenham for the summer to gain valuable work experience at Cheltenham Borough Council.

This follows on from two students from Cleeve School spending the month of July in Annecy. Alex and Ceri spent an enjoyable month working at Annecy council, with Alex based in the parks and gardens team and Ceri in the Youth Information Office. As they flew home Valentin was on the same plane ready to start his work experience trip in Cheltenham.

The 19 year old student arrived on Saturday 28 July. So far Valentin has been working with the community rangers helping out with Paws in the Park and projects on Leckhampton Hill. He will also spend two weeks with Ubico in the parks and gardens team. Lucille, 21, arrived on Monday and is spending four weeks with the parking team.

Valentin, said: “I am enjoying my time in England, although the weather is better in Annecy! I have been working with Wayne Sedgwick (senior community ranger) in various horticultural tasks including weed control at Leckhampton Hill. I am currently studying Science at University so this is a wonderful experience to put my knowledge into practice.”

Annette Wight, added: “It’s great for the students to spend their summer holidays in Cheltenham, improving their English and getting a feel for life with a local family, as well as gaining good work experience.”

Cllr Garth Barnes, chairperson of Twinning Association, commented: “The work placement scheme gives students aged 18 and above an excellent opportunity to develop their language skills and to gain the invaluable experience of working and living in a different country.”

The work placement scheme is an annual scheme operated between the councils of Cheltenham and Annecy.

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Cheltenham has been twinned with Annecy since 1956.