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Kumon Hereford Study Centre Offers Ten College Students Work Experience

Posted on 4th March 2015

The Kumon Hereford Study Centre is hosting a number of volunteering opportunities for students at Hereford Sixth Form College, where the study centre is located.

Ten students have currently been accepted as volunteer class assistants, offering them the valuable opportunity of work experience. The excellent location and facilities, as well as the opportunity to gain experience for possible future career choices, has proved popular with students.

Instructor at the Hereford Study Centre, Lynn Johnson, explains how the volunteering opportunities came about: “Shortly before Christmas, one of the teachers at the college asked me if I would be prepared to give work experience to one of her students, who is considering a career in primary teaching. After giving it some thought, I decided that this could be mutually beneficial and said yes. Sometime later, the Careers Department at the College asked whether I could take more than one student and could they advertise the opportunity in their student bulletin. To my surprise and delight, I was inundated by a huge number of high quality applicants. Sadly, it hasn't been possible to interview everyone who was interested or to recruit everyone who was interviewed.

“I was very impressed by the academic quality of the volunteer assistants but, perhaps even more striking was their genuine desire to help others to succeed. They are greatly motivated by doing good but they also value the experience that they will get out of this work experience. They all appreciate the benefits of broadening their experience and some of them have a specific interest in working with children. In particular, potential teachers and paediatricians were attracted by this opportunity.”

The Careers Department at the College are delighted to be offering this chance to their students. Terena Smith, Careers and Work Related Learning Adviser, said: "This could be an excellent volunteering opportunity as, for some; it could be their first experience of working one-to-one and in small groups with children/young people. It will help them see if they have or can develop the skills needed for this type of work and it's also useful for them to do administration work as well as this is part of so many jobs now including teaching of course."

Volunteer class assistants will have the opportunity to concentrate on targeted student observation/instruction, working with both advanced and early learners, number board work and listening to reading.

Kumon offers individualised Maths and English study programmes which are tailored to all ages and abilities. Established for over 50 years, the Kumon programmes enable children to develop their study skills and confidently tackle advanced work.

Kumon’s aim is for each and every child to become an independent, advanced learner, with a positive attitude to study.

The Hereford Study Centre is located at Hereford Sixth Form College, Folly Lane, with classes running on Mondays and Fridays from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

For more information, contact Lynn Johnson on 01432 233233 or email