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"I found it really good for me because I did not know what the world of work was like. Waking up early, meeting new people and learning new things was quite challenging but one I really enjoyed and got into.

It is among a new type of "studio school", where students will take part in work placements with firms connected to their school alongside lessons.

She added she was given a boost by positive feedback from nursery management.

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Thousands of Year 10 students across the city headed out into the workplace just before the summer break for a taste of life in industries including manufacturing, banking, childcare and the arts.

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"I sat and played with them, fed them morning snacks, changed them and put them to sleep. The staff were very on the ball and always had the children's best interests at heart. They always worked with the children, not against them.

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New Government initiatives aside, traditional work experience programmes are still thriving in mainstream schools.

Among those taking part in the annual exodus from the classroom were a trio of teenagers from the International School in Tile Cross.

Figures show that more than one in 10 18 24 year olds in the Hodge Hill constituency where the International School is located are claiming JSA.

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Recently, a new Birmingham school backed by Aston Villa Football Club was among the first of a new breed of vocational schools to get the go ahead by Education Secretary Michael Gove.

Nikkita, from Smith's Wood, said: "I looked after babies ranging from six weeks to two years.

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Far from being a two week break from school, work experience can be a pathway to a teenager's chosen career.

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The new Kajans Hospitality and Catering Studio School, which is being backed by businesses including Villa, Hilton Hotels and National Express, will teach pupils both academic and vocational qualifications.

"From a young age I always wanted to go into law but I wanted to try other sectors before I go into law for good.

"I do think work experience at this age will definitely help me to find a job in future."

The school was named one of the fastest improving schools in the country after exam results doubled in just three years, and earlier this month unveiled a 12 million school refurbishment.

She said: "The site I was at melts down aluminium for aircraft.

and helped her decide she wanted to continue her dream of studying law.

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"From my own experiences at home I like to be hands on and look after people and I think that's where my interest comes from," She said.

Yet the school's work experience programme is trying to open up the world of work for Year 10 students, with links with big name Birmingham employers such as Birmingham Airport, as well as smaller organisations like childcare centres. Fifteen year old International School pupil Rondene Vassell from spent a week with Alcoa, an aluminium plate manufacturer based in Kitts Green.

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A levels in English Language, maths, law and politics.

The multi national firm works closely with the school, including supporting an initiative to improve school attendance which has seen attendance soar from 80 per cent to 94 per cent.

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"I worked quite long hours but it didn't feel like it and the days went quite fast."

"What interested me was the fact it's such a large company with a broad spectrum of departments for me to experience and learn as much as I could. During the week I did some secretarial jobs and worked in the finance department looking at profits and losses.

Shortly before breaking up for the summer holidays, thousands of West Midland teenagers had their first taste of work. Joining local companies and businesses for a week, the idea was for them to gain experience of being in a job and focus their thoughts on their futures. Education correspondent Kat Keogh reports.

Classmate Nikkita Luckman, also 15, spent the week working at Mucky Pups nursery in Garretts Green. The nursery has up to 30 young children on roll at any time, and Nikkita said she was keen to get experience Nike Windrunner Women Blue of working for a future career in the health service.

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