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Work Experience at Griffin Design

Karen Griffin - Friday, November 11, 2016

Its that time of year, here in West Sussex.  Lots of Year 10 students trying to secure their week work experience placement for February 2017.

cartoon man with tape measure

We usually get 8-10 applications.  We ask each student to send us an email or text as to why they want to work here.  Most have never looked at our website, and the schools have us listed as graphic designers.  The remaining couple of applicants are asked to visit with a parent for a look round.

It is a huge pleasure to see their eyes light up as they realise they will not only be designing but also making real things by the end of the week.

We spend a lot of time forming a project that these youngsters can see through from start to finish in a week.  Sometimes it goes awry if a big, urgent order comes in, but mostly they go home with something they have made for their rooms or their bikes.  Young people need investment and nurturing, and it is an honour to be their first experience of the work place.

Increasingly the school, we find, take that responsibility less seriously.  They teach on out of date software, using applications that are no longer used by trade.  We had one student who had only be taught in inches (yes, a 15 year old!).  Many have never used a tape measure before.

But what they cannot tell you about social media and YouTube is not worth knowing!

It's a familiar story and many small businesses locally tell me they have the same experience.  If schools cannot equip students with the skills they need to be a valuable member of the work place, then what hope is there for the next generation?

I got the vinyls on time and they were great! 
Thank you for your quick work, that was really appreciated!

LC, on receipt of her bespoke vinyl stickers

Thanks Karen, and thanks for organising this for me – I don’t know what I would do without you!

Fontwell Park Racecourse, EN
I have received my print thank you so much for such fast delivery.


AB, on receipt of car decal

Just to let u know that I received the vinyls this morning ok, and they all look really good many thanks.

DE, Perth on his vinyl lettering for a Burger van
Two words :
Banner = fabulous.
Again, thanks for the quick turnaround - very much appreciated.

JT from
Brill thank you so much i love it and thanks for taking the time to get it right for me so cant wait for it to arrive =]  thanks so much Karen
KC, on her new car decal
Thanks so much for the banners - the team were very impressed today!

MA, Whyke United Under 11s
 just wanted to write to say thank you very much for my wheel cover and lettering.  It looks fab!  I am hoping that people will see it around and that I’ll get lots of new customers.
SL, Cambridge Weight Plan
I have it!

That was extremely fast!!  I'm very impressed.

Thank you very much!

TS, Marwicks Brasserie, Bosham on receipt of banner

My dad has put the decal on and it looks great!  Too dark to take a picture now but will send one on soon. Thanks for your great customer service.

WF, on receipt of Hypnoslimmer Car Decal
Goodness knows what your workshop smells like, because these banners have rather an orange-y whiff to them now!
Wilderness Development, on receipt of re-stripped banners
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