MORE than 100 pupils from a Torrington school have completed their work experience placements across North Devon and further afield.
The group of 168 Year 10 pupils from Great Torrington School completed a one or two week placement during the spring term.
Each pupil wrote their own covering letter and approached companies to gain their spots.
Last Thursday 12 teenagers were recognised for their efforts during an awards ceremony.
Shauna Taylor, 15, was awarded first place. She chose the high street clothing shop New Look for her work experience.
She has been offered a job at the Barnstaple branch when she turns 16.
She said: "I feel really proud of myself. I haven't won anything before. My family and friends are really happy."
Jessica Tithecott, who spent time at Braunton Parish Council, and Reece Andronik who spent a week at Babcock Marine in Appledore, were runners up.
Jessica, 15, said: "I really enjoyed myself. I think all the staff at the council do a good job. Thanks to Braunton Parish Council for letting me do work experience with them."
Erin Taylor spent a week with Torrington photographer Jayne Poole.
Erin, 15, said: "It was great. I found out what it was like to run a business and deal with the public. The days went quickly because I enjoyed it."
Sandra Peters, personalised learning manager at the school, said: "This is one of the best parts of my job.
"They need a bit of encouragement but you see the children bloom.
"It prepares them for the future in the work place."