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New Record for Work Experience in its 3rd Successful Year

Ben Slater

Work Experience 2023 took place across 3 locations, over 5 days, with 15 leading organisations, covering 21 topics, delivered to 100 students – resulting in a very impressive figure of over 1000 hours of MissionCX employee time pledged across the work experience week alone. MissionCX clients and partners travelled from all around the UK, keen to impart their knowledge to the local UTC students, providing them with invaluable skills and experiences to get them ready for the world of industry.

The Energy Coast UTC delivers academic excellence alongside a world-class technical and skills-based practical education, ensuring our students also excel in employability skills and work directly with employers on a range of projects. They prepare their students for the world of work.

Photo: Energy Coast UTC, Workington.

MissionCX Westlakes Science Park, Moor Row, Cumbria

Photo: MissionCX UK Head Office, Innovation Centre, West Lakes Science Park, Cumbria. MissionCX a local SME, specialising in commissioning, are making quite the social impact as they continue to give profit, equity and time so generously to the local community, through initiatives like Work Experience. MissionCX clients and partners gave up valuable time, many travelling 100’s of miles from around the country – organisations that took part include Jacobs, Amentum,

Project, Programme Partners, KBR, Bechtel, React Engineering, CXControls, Azurelope, Tom Crowe Procurement Solutions, Armstrong & Watson, Harrison Network, Barclays Eagle Labs, Prima Uno and Axiom. Topics and subjects covered ranged from commissioning delivery, project management and engineering disciplines to accounting, sales and marketing providing an insight into some of the key sectors MissionCX operate in – including nuclear, defence, oil & gas and energy.

“What an amazing experience it was to meet students from Energy Coast UTC and give them some practical lessons in Project and Programme Management. Some future stars in the making. Well done MissionCX Limited for coordinating an inspirational week. Proud to be working with a team who cares so much about our local community.”


Jordan Davis, Project Director, Amentum

‘Thank you for organising the week to everyone at MissionCX, in particular Joanne Slater. I realise the commitment and organisation needed for this is a vast undertaking, and the opportunity you are giving the students is second to none. This is a demonstration of industry & education working together at their best. Fantastic to hear our students tell us they have been given insights through work experience at MissionCX that they would not have ordinarily been given.’

Simon Richardson, Acting Vice Principal, Energy Coast UTC

Photo: Joanne Slater, Operations Director, MissionCX and– during the organisational phases of Work Experience Week.

‘What an amazing week, thankyou MissionCX. It was so encouraging to see how well the work experience topics led by key industry experts align so well with our syllabus. To me this tells us we have a winning combination. ‘

Lloyd Pittams, Energy Coast UTC Head of Civil Engineering

This is the 3rd year of success for the work experience partnership between Energy Coast UTC and MissionCX, which was borne out of MissionCX founders and Directors – Ben Slater and Joanne Slater’s passion for giving back to the local community that served them so well when they were getting started in life, and embarking on their early careers.

 Ben Slater, Managing Director, MissionCX said:

“Of everything we do across the year for the local community as part of our social impact pledge, work experience week is the activity that makes me the proudest. The generosity of our employees, clients and partners is mind blowing. Everybody went above and beyond this year and our offices have never felt so alive with the enthusiasm and kindness from both the Energy Coast UTC students, teachers and everyone involved – this was also felt across the whole WestLakes Science Park.

Bridging the gap between industry and education to ensure we have a strong pipeline of talent to take us forward into the future is vital, and it is part of our social impact pledge and internal manifesto, to ensure we do all we can to help make sure the next generation are equipped with all the tools and information they need to make this transition a successful and smooth journey. We are committed to building confidence and self-belief in the next generation and helping them develop key leadership skills.”

Photo: Ben Slater, Managing Director & Founder, MissionCX delivering an ‘Overview of Commissioning’ to students of the Energy Coast UTC.

One of the main joint aims of work experience at MissionCX and the Energy Coast UTC partnership, is to help prepare students to meet the demand for highly skilled engineers and civil engineers in Cumbria and indeed the world. The UTC do this by ensuring that every student maximises their academic potential, experiences a wide range of enrichment activities and secures industry standard technical qualifications. The UTC Cumbria have some of the best employer partnerships in the country and every young person studying at the Energy Coast UTC spends several hours a week working on employer projects or enrichment and undertakes several work experience placements like the experience organised by MissionCX.

Photo: Girijan, UTC Student, a logo designed by UTC students during ‘An Introduction to Marketing Session’ delivered by Joanne Slater, Operations Director and Nicci Rigby, Marketing & Communications Lead, MissionCX.

To find out more about Energy Coast UTC Energy Coast University Technical College – Energy Coast University Technical College (, MissionCX Welcome – MissonCX ( or get in touch with to find out how you could get involved in Work Experience 2024.


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