You’ll never guess what happened to Sinha, a 23 year old apprentice from Germany who became “Student of the month - London” in the most unexpected way yet...
Sinha, before we get to the juicy bit, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hey, my name is Sinha, I’m 23 years old and I actually live in a small city in Germany. I am a 2nd year apprentice as an industrial management assistant. I would describe myself as an outgoing person, open to new things and connected to other people. My particular passion is to get to know foreign cultures and to learn new languages.
That’s why during my Life I caught the opportunity to live in Argentina for one year, another year in Israel and in 2019 I’ve already lived in the UK for three months.
What inspired you to take part in the ADC College Internship Programme?
In my opinion, travelling is one of the best things in Life. On my past trips I connected to new people, different cultures and I tried interesting food. I wanted to do something similar again. That’s why I applied for a 3 month apprenticeship via the ADC College Work Experience Programme.
It is very brave to go abroad for 3 months and work for a company somebody else chooses for you, in your case ADC College. Can you tell us more about "Wipers Youth" and what it was like working there?
The ADC College chose Wipers Youth for me. Wipers Youth is a youth justice social enterprise which specialises in working with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. Their mission is to engage with young people to empower them by increasing their personal and social development, confidence and self-esteem.
Before I came to London I knew I was going to help them with their office work. But to be honest I didn’t really know what to expect. As soon as I arrived in London my supervisor Sammy Odoi gave me a Project. They want to apply for a Quality Mark. For that I had to find and create the evidence the outlines required.
Wipers Youth doesn’t have its own office. Staff give workshops and work mostly remotely or from a youth centre called Soapbox in Islington. This youth centre has been my office for the past three months. I organized my work on the project by myself and also helped at the youth centre, as well as joining the Wipers team giving workshops. As I said before when I first came to London I didn’t know what to expect, but after a few days I knew this was the perfect work placement for me. I built a great connection with all the workers from Wipers Youth and Soapbox as well as with the young people who came to the youth centre. Every day was different, from my project work to workshops by Wipers Youth over women nights, live events on to video producing at Soapbox. Working at this work placement was never boring and I made great experiences, learned new things and had a lot of fun. I will definitely come back soon to meet everyone again.
Wipers Youth asked you to stay on beyond your 3 month internship programme so you could help them complete an ongoing project. I believe they even paid for your hotel accommodation during that extra time. How do you think you achieved all that?
As my internship programme came to an end, I had almost finished my project work on the Quality Mark for Wipers Youth. My supervisor Sammy is just working on some papers I couldn’t provide to finish the application.
At one point the Soapbox team told me that they too wanted to start the same work on the Quality Mark as Wipers Youth. Because I now had experience with this project, I knew the outline and how to get the evidence required, that’s why Soapbox asked if I could expand my stay. They basically needed me to start the project for them and explain everything to a new worker. I saw a great chance in this and after some conversations with my German supervisor, I took the opportunity to extend my stay in London. By now both of the projects should be completed soon.
What was the best moment of your trip and how has this programme inspired your plans for the future?
The best thing about my trip are the friends I’ve made in the UK and the places I’ve visited over the weekends, like Manchester, Cardiff and Edinburgh. My plan for the future is to finish my apprenticeship. Through the programme I’ve realised I want to work with young people and at the moment I am trying to figure out how to do that.
What would your advice be for students who are about to go on the Internship Programme?
My advice is to be open minded and see the big opportunity in this programme. You never know what is going to happen. As for me I never expected to get an extension of my trip. Don’t compare yourself to others and make the most out of it. Try to enjoy every day because time goes very fast and before you know it the internship ends and you are back home.
Sinha visited London with our Internship Programme, a project eligible for funding from Erasmus+. We also arrange work experience projects in Dublin. Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about what we do and how to get funding. Call a Country Manager today on +44 2084249424 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.