Work experience success for teen at Mobberley Cattery | Knutsford Times

Sarah is positive about work experience.

By on July 4, 2013

Last year a regular customer at the cattery confirmed their summer booking and caught me on the hop. Could their 15-year-old daughter spend her work experience week with me?


I’ll be honest. I wanted to say “NO!”

But from the moment the 15 year old walked into the cattery I knew I’d stumbled on something inspiring. She was firstly great company. She giggled at my jokes and said how pleased she was to be here. A far cry from bribing my own children with an hourly rate that might bring early bankruptcy. While she cleaned and brushed her enthusiasm and energy was infectious.

Consequently I decided I would offer a pupil at Knutsford Academy a work placement every year.

So when Sarah phoned the cattery looking for a placement I said “yes” immediately.

“I was really nervous phoning businesses out of the blue and asking for a work experience placement so having someone say yes after lots of rejections was a big boost to my confidence.” Says Sarah, 15, from Knutsford Academy as we plan her placement.

Sarah was looking for something working with animals in a positive environment. From my point of view, offering a job just cleaning out cats with the icing of the odd cuddle seemed a little under whelming – I felt I had been the winner with the previous placement. So, to enrich the experience I decided to ask Sarah to organise an open day event to launch our new website!summer cattery (6)

“When Zoe asked me to organise the open day I was a bit nervous because I really wanted to do a good job and not mess it up! But at the same time I was really excited to do something I’ve never done before!”

I’m amazed at Sarah’s enthusiasm! So far she has planned musicians, stalls and even come up with an idea to raise money for her chosen charity.

It’s such a shame small businesses aren’t given the information, or encouragement; they need to consider offering a creative contributor of the future a heads up. Maybe it’s because we ourselves need a little pat on the back, a bit of reassurance that the experience we’ve gathered over the – let’s face it, sometimes torturous – years is actually worth something. Like sharing.

Mr John Downham, Head of Applied Learning at Knutsford Academy, commented “I am delighted that Sarah has been able to organise such a worthwhile event as part of her Work Experience placement, I look forward to reading her blog”

The open day will be held on Saturday 13th July at 12 – 4pm, which is at the end of Sarah’s placement week, at Mobberley Cottage Cattery, Station Road, Mobberley. WA16 6LA.

If anyone would like to have a stall at the open day please phone 01565 872467 or email and the enquiries will be discussed with Sarah.

During Sarah’s placement week you can keep up to date with her progress by following her blog at, you can also follow us on Twitter @mobberleycats

Photos supplied, article created by Zoe Garner

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