Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson meets Maghull Deyes High

Maghull photographer Simon Woodcock of Simon Peter Photography, Gill Ditchburn of Sefton Business Enterprise, studio manager Becky Schultz and Labour MP Bill Esterson get their photograph taken by Deyes High’s Beth Mellett, Tom Roberts and photography apprentice Nick Albertina.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson met two Deyes High pupils this week who have a real focus on their future.

Deyes High students Tom Roberts and Beth Mellett completed two weeks' work experience with Maghull's Simon Peter Photography.

The pair said their placement had been an invaluable experience.

Tom said: “We’ve been involved in every aspect of the business, from doing the general office work to working with Simon on shoots. We’ve even had the chance to take photographs ourselves, which has been great. I want to go into the arts when I lave school and my experience with Simon and Becky has been brilliant.”

Beth said gaining work experience with Simon Peter had given her a real insight into the world of work.

She said: “Like Tom, I am interest in art and would like to go into that after I finish school. Working with Simon and Becky has been brilliant to understand what is involved in running a business and being in the world of work, while also getting the advantage of seeing the artistic side of photography.”

Photographer Simon Woodcock runs Simon Peter Photography (Peter is Simon’s middle name) with his sister Becky Schultz. Simon is the photographer while Becky is the studio manager.

Both said Tom and Beth, as well as the many work experience students who had been through the door, had been excellent.

Simon said: “We’ve had lots of young people from different schools over the years. I remember from my time at school when I did a work experience that it really does give you the opportunity to try out a career before making the decision to go into that area of work. Very often now, employers are looking for what work experience people have had as will as the qualifications before taking people on. So it can really help young people get a foot in the door. When I started out, I volunteered just to give m the chance to get into photography. It worked for me.”

Nick Albertina, 18, who is also from Deyes High, did a work placement with Simon and Becky four years ago.

He has been helping out on shoots and in the studio ever since. He is now about to start an apprenticeship with Simon.

Nick said: “I really want to get into photography and from the point I did work experience with Simon and Becky I’ve just been working towards that ever since.

“It’s led to me now starting an apprenticeship here and it means I can start on a career which I really want.”

Bill Esterson said the Nick’s experience shows that doors can be opened to young people because of work experience.

Bill added: “The experiences of all the young people I’ve met who have been on work placement, either with me, with Simon and Becky, or elsewhere have all ben positive.

“Some people will not want to go into the field in which they’ve experiences, but they will have at least gained the experience of being outside of the school environment and in the world of work. Others will find that this has given them a real advantage in getting onto the ladder in a career which they are interested in.

“In these difficult times, it is crucial that we give young people all the opportunities we can to get into their chosen careers after they leave school, college and university.

“I’d like to wish Nick all the very best with his apprenticeship and all of the young people who did work experience in Sefton all the very best for the future.”

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