Name: Josh Hudson-Jaques
Where did you go for your work placement and what were the reasons behind your choice?
My placement was at a biomass plant called Blackburn Meadows run by EON and located 5.5 km away from Sheffield city centre. Fortunately I was able to get this placement due to family connections and my interest in renewable energy made this the perfect chance for me to get some workplace experience in the field and office.
What did you get involved with while you were there?
The role involved providing assistance to the Compliance Engineer on a number of environmental compliance projects, which included:
- Waste management - competing waste paperwork, documenting waste movements on and off site, quarterly waste reporting to the Environment Agency
- Auditing - completion of a desk based paperwork audit and two waste management audits at supplier’s site to fulfil the Duty of Care requirements for E.ON
- Workplace exposure to dust - measurement and monitoring of workplace exposure to dust for employees on site and compilation of results into a report
- COSHH - Assistance with compiling and maintaining the COSHH register on site and completing COSHH risk assessments
- Data - Collating and handling environmental data for internal and external reporting purposes.
How has your work placement helped with your studies?
I learnt several new skills, which I have already been putting into practice in my work for this semester such as ISO14001 and referring to the experience in my pollutant presentation for the environment management module.
What was your favourite part of your work placement experience?
Meeting new people and connections, I’m a very outgoing person and enjoy getting to know new people. As well as this, the responsibility I was given was refreshing and it was good to know they thought I was trustworthy when working on specific projects.
What would you say to anyone interested in doing a work placement as part of their course?
I would definitely recommend doing a work placement, mine was over 3 months during summer but I think I would have benefitted greatly if I was placed there for the whole year. Hopefully I will have a chance to go back there after graduating on a short-term contract, which shows that placement can open new opportunities and you can get a foot hold in the door for the future.