Norfolk Way Bursary Scheme

Norfolk Way Bursary Students 2016-2017

Tia Pitchers, Lucy Jarvis and Emelda Nhamo

Sept 2017 – great news that Tia Pitchers is on her way to first choice of university, Nottingham, to read physiotherapy.  Tia said “Must be thanks to my amazing Norfolk Way work experience.”

Tia Pitchers – Dereham Sixth Form – Nuclear Energy

This opportunity will allow me to gain an insight into a profession that I am extremely interested in and would like to follow into a career. This opportunity would also open doors that are currently closed as establishments such as nuclear power stations have high levels of security and are very particular about who  they allow inside so opportunities like this are hard to come by.

Science and maths are both subjects that have gauged my interest from an early age. I believe this is because I have been fortunate enough to have had several encouraging and fully engaging teachers who have me hooked on these subjects. I enjoy maths and physics because I love problem solving, the satisfaction of completing a puzzle after putting in lots of hard work is indescribable.

In the near future, I hope to finish my a-level exams and achieve highly in them. Afterwards, I hope to go to university to study science (physics or chemistry). As these are ever-growing industries, I would like to wait and see what job opportunities arise as my future job may not yet exist. But whatever it concerns I intend to enjoy it and have great enthusiasm for it.

The subjects I am currently studying are engaging and I really enjoy them so am confident that this field of work is right for me. However the opportunity to be placed in an environment similar to the one I wish to work in would give me a clear idea of what to expect and what would be expected of me, and would ultimately help me to decide if this field of work is the right choice for me.

Tia went to Leeds University for a week looking at Nuclear Energy and then a 4 day placement was secured for her at Sizewell B in Suffolk –


Tia writes…

  • The Smallpeice TrustFollowing a very persuasive phone call from Jan at the Norfolk Way scheme, the Smallpeice Trust were kind enough to assign me a place on their Advanced Nuclear Engineering Course at the University of Leeds, and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in.

    After what seemed like the world’s longest train journey I finally made it to Leeds and then to Devonshire Hall, my home for the next few days. We started off with a meal and a DVD night, giving us time to get to know each other before the busy days ahead.

    Over the next few days we really got stuck in to different aspects of the Nuclear Industry. With talks from members of the National nuclear laboratory, Sellafield, and Rolls Royce as well as the university professors.

    We took part in multiple workshops that gave us an insight into working in radioactive environments, fuel reprocessing, and the storage and management of nuclear waste.

    We finished the course off with mini workshops run by engineers from Rolls Royce, and presentations that we had been working on throughout the course.

    Overall it was an insightful experience that allowed me to connect with industry experts as well as make some new friends.

    And I can’t thank Jan and the Norfolk Way enough for giving me such an amazing opportunity!

  • Sizewell B

    What an amazing week I’ve had doing work experience at Sizewell B.  I met some great people and learned a lot!

    On the first day it was an early start when Jan came to pick me up to take me to Leiston. Once we arrived it was straight to their training centre to learn all about the safety procedures and different alarms that they had around the site, three and a half hours later, I had finally completed all the safety training. Then it was off to meet Chris, who I would spend the next four days with.

    The following days were packed full of tours of the sites, including one very exciting visit to the control room simulator, mini lectures with each team member form the nuclear safety team I was with, and playing around with a piece of software that one of the safety officers had produced which simulated the reactor, the other work experience student, Michael and I were tasked with brining the simulator from zero power to full power, which sounds a lot simpler than it was!

    Overall I had an amazing week packed full of information and had a great experience that has really helped me decide on my ideal future career path. I cannot thank Jan and the Norfolk Way scheme enough for making it possible.




Lucy Jarvis – Wymondham High Academy  – Health Sector

The Norfolk Way experience will benefit me greatly as I am currently unsure of which medical route to take. I feel work experience in all sectors would be vitally important, to enable me to see each career path in more detail. It would help further my knowledge on career options and the possibilities available to enable me to make an informed decision on which career path to choose. Going to university is the next step in my career path. The experience and general overview of the environment will stand me in good stead for applying for a top university to pursue my chosen career.

I’m a very determined, committed and hardworking individual who gives 100% in everything to achieve nothing but my best, whilst always making a valuable contribution. The Health Service ensures privacy and customer confidentiality, which I would ensure was maintained as I’m a mature, trustworthy and responsible person. I am aware that with new opportunities come many new challenges, which I would tackle with a confident and positive attitude, pushing well out of my comfort zone.

In the future I hope to obtain a sustainable career, within the medical profession. This will be a rewarding, pleasurable and satisfying career, knowing I can improve the quality of people’s lives. Improving Healthcare now will benefit our future generations and create an even healthier way of life for them. Human anatomy and diseases as a whole fascinates me which will drive me into future success.

Lucy writes…

  • I spent 2 days at the West Suffolk Hospital, observing the role of a physiotherapist. It was perfectly organised, giving me a clearer insight into the NHS, the profession and the various pathways I could potentially go down.

    west_suffolk_hospitalOn the first morning I was placed on the respiratory ward, with patients that require help to shift secretions from out of their airways. This was an aspect to physiotherapy that is not well advertised and known about outside of the hospital, therefore making the experience unique. The techniques used were vastly different from anything I had even seen, for example the use of percussion to move the secretions up and out of the trachea. Between treating patients the physiotherapists took time out of their schedule to sit down and chat with me. Explaining their day-to-day routines, exceptions, advice about university and positives and negatives about the profession. It was great to get first hand information from people who have only just qualified themselves. In the afternoon, I was placed on the stroke ward. Here I learnt about different types of strokes, parts of the brain and their effect (if damaged) and also treatment for the patients rehabilitation. Many on this ward suffered from mental illnesses like dementia and dysphasia, which indicates the importance of a physiotherapists role in aiding physical, social and mental wellbeing. On this ward, patience and determination is key, as small improvements are enormous and are going on the right track to recovery.

    On the second day, I shadowed a paediatric physiotherapist looking after both inpatients and outpatients. I was lucky enough to witness a patient with cerebral palsy being treated, enabling him to breathe more inefficiently and increase his oxygen saturation. Additionally, I observed the treatment of a sports injury to a young boy. This highlighted the diverse age range of patients who are treated and also the different severities seen. Finally, in the afternoon I was on a medical ward, which varied dramatically from patient to patient. Some were there for alcohol detoxification, whilst others were there after a hip replacement. However, the aim for all patients was to enhance everyday participation in order to become more mobile and head for discharge.

    The whole experience was amazing, and solidified my decision in wanting to become a physiotherapist. Seeing multiple aspects of physiotherapy parked an interest in potentially specialising in paediatrics or stroke. It has enabled me to create a strong personal statement with experience to support my application- standing me in a good position when applying to university.

Emelda Nhamo

A career in medicine is my paramount ambition! I am prepared to spend my days pouring over my subject books and wider reading because I do not consider it ‘work’. Absorbing biological and chemistry related knowledge from the news, books and other peers comes naturally and it is more than enjoyable. ‘Sapiens: a brief history of humankind’ by Yuval Noah Harari (my current read), has taught me about the genus Homo – from Sapiens to Floresiensis and Soloensis. Their cognitive and agricultural revolutions were astronomical and lead to the first wave of devastating extinctions. Theories of gossip, animism and genocide lead my curious nature to ask question upon impossible question. I can only imagine, if Neanderthals took power of the planet, or how it would be if more than one species of human roamed the earth today. Would our planet still be dying because of materialistic humans?

However it is no secret that medicine is a notoriously difficult profession to get into. I shall not however let that dishearten me, pushing forward and exceeding that target is more important than letting myself miss an opportunity of a lifetime. I believe I would flourish and benefit hugely from any opportunity this scheme could offer me. Being given the chance to delve into the lives of medical students and doctors would be incredible. That is something I could not wish more to be a part of. To be able to watch a surgeon in action performing a laryngectomy, removing gallstones or a skin graft would be breathtaking. I have not yet had any experience in a hospital or with any doctors, which is one of the most crucial elements before apply to any courses. I take every opportunity however to speak to current medical students and doctors I can in school and out, since I know medicine is a career which should not be attempted without knowing information from a range of different people in the field. If I was to be picked for the scheme it would aid my application immensely, and could help open so many doors.

My hope for the future is to be a cardiothoracic or cardiovascular surgeon. The human anatomy is something of immense beauty, every part is astonishing. The heart however for me is the most fascinating. The heart initiates and coordinates its own contractions like no other muscle in the body, neither does it feel fatigue. Evolution has led to some amazing feats, like the foramen ovale – the hole in a foetal heart that lets oxygenated blood from the mother’s placenta by pass the pulmonary system, only letting little blood in for lung growth. The hole in some new-borns never fuses together properly, one day I hope to be the surgeon that could repair a heart defect such as this.

Emelda was very keen to spend time with a Cardiac Surgeon, but sadly as at March 2017 this has not been possible to arrange.

Norfolk Way Bursary Students 2014-2015


December 2016 – Tapiwa Mamutse got in touch to say “I would like to say thanks to you for giving me a place on the Norfolk Way Bursary scheme. I feel that your offer played a large part in my being accepted into London School of Economics, the university I now attend”.

January 2015 – with an invitation to the House of Commons, with an organised tour, sitting in on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office questions, and a lunch meeting with George Freeman MP. Josh’s work experience began early when he was asked to write a piece for the Eastern Daily Press about the visit!

House of Commons visit photo

Catherine, Marcie, Paddy, Tapiwa and Joshua at the House of Commons

February 2015
One of the students Marcie was given the opportunity to spend two days with the event photographer to assist in a fashion shoot involving young children. It was busy and tiring, but Marcie learnt a lot about the industry and especially about lighting and camera techniques as well as looking after children and their parents! This was followed up by a visit to a Fashion Show at the Maddermarket Theatre during Norwich Fashion Week in March which gave Marcie an insight in to the busy world of catwalk shows and photography.

Summer 2015
Our five students were busy with their GCSE’s and AS level examinations over the summer term so our time was spent securing placements for them which they could undertake during the summer break.

Tapiwa and Jan Cockburn went to RBS – Tapi has an interest in becoming a financial analyst – and discussed options with Regional managers Simon Lubbock and Colin Stocker. Simon kindly agreed to put together a summer project for Tapiwa. Tapiwa has liaised directly with the team at RBS to build the project; however a combination of staff holidays and weeks in which Tapi was unavailable; the project has not yet begun. However it is a live project and Colin Stocker is now leading on this. The brief is almost complete – the delay just means that Tapi will need to be very focused as it will mean potential clashes with his A2 studies, however a clear week during half term will be utilised effectively.

Marcie Francis and Jan Cockburn went to visit H2 Creative to discuss a brief on her taking some images for their portfolio in the North Norfolk Area during the summer. This brief has now changed to Marcie taking photos for the Visit Norwich publication – which she is currently undertaking. We and H2 Creative are really looking forward to seeing her work which will form a part of a professional publication.

Marcie in Norwich Market

Marcie in Norwich Market

Marcie will be presenting her Visit Norwich photograph portfolio to H2 Creative very shortly.
Joshua Ratcliffe spent two days at  howes_percival as an introduction to law. He enjoyed his two days there very much and we are currently looking to secure a placement with a Barrister to provide an insight into another branch of the profession. It is intended that Joshua will undertake this towards the end of the summer holiday or in October half term.
Catherine Lee will complete a John Innes centre placement at half term, once the summer Nuffield and Post Grad students have finished their placements. Catherine herself has been busy over the summer with cadet and summer school commitments.
Paddy Simonds has spent three days at  anglia_farmers which included the following:

– Attending membership meetings
– HR induction, H&S etc.
– membership services team ( Risk management) attachment
– AF Finance, Credit control etc.
– Risk Register review and discussion
– Accounts dept. Statement Reconciliation work, Invoicing, credit control, scanning etc.

Paddy in the office at Anglia Farmers

Paddy in the office at Anglia Farmers

Paddy is looking to spend some more time at Anglia Farmers to increase his knowledge – this is currently being arranged. He has also received guidance on his agricultural college choices to meet his career aspirations.

Of his time at AF, Paddy said, “My time at Anglia Farmers was both enjoyable and very informative. During my work experience I was given hands on experience in many areas of the business such as credit control, risk management and accountancy, I was also allowed to sit in on many meetings. This gave me hands on experience on how a large business functions on a day to day basis. Everyone at Anglia Farmers was extremely welcoming, especially Grant who planned my time there in great detail so I could be as productive as possible.”

Forward Plans:

Confidence building exercise

We will be getting the students together during October half term to take a trip to the Menagerie theatre in Cambridge to take part in a presentation and public speaking course.

Future 50
Future 50

Along with Archant, Nwes are launching the Future50 in early September. This will pull together some of the most entrepreneurial talents in the county – showcasing their work and accelerating their plans for growth. As a part of the series of exclusive events accompanying the programme we will be attracting leading business speakers to the county as well as hosting a series of dinners. To introduce the Future50 to the young talent available in the county the Norfolk Way graduates will be invited to all appropriate events. They will have the opportunity to learn from established businesses, make contacts with exciting new companies, organise “pop up” placements and receive mentoring. This programme will last through the 2015/16 academic year. It will provide a real insight into the entrepreneurial life of the county and act as an aspirational boost.


During this first year we have been learning what it is that motivates the students, what business can supply and how best to measure the outputs. We will continue to support this first tranche of young people through this academic year. It is clear that this needs to be a two year programme to tie in with student holidays, provide a depth of support and to produce a meaningful intervention. Lessons learned will inform future tranches of students and enable us to build a more extensive portfolio of bespoke experiences.

A “graduation” will take place in late spring 2016 which will also be the launch of the next tranche of the Norfolk Way. The graduation will take the form of a dinner with carefully selected businesses and the Norfolk Way graduates which will act as a final “mentoring” session with each business committing to one action to support the graduating branch and the next tranche. Supporters will also be invited and appropriate media interventions arranged.

The winners of the 2014 scheme at Wayland Academy in November 2014