It’s been a busy month for our Y10 students as they left behind their school uniforms and embarked on a week of work experience with local (and some not so local) businesses and organisations.
More than 300 students had a break from their school lessons and went out into the world of work to learn some “life” lessons instead, gaining work experience in everything from teaching and childcare to being a stone mason or working with the Royal Mail or the Humber Coastguard. Many of them worked in local placements, but some travelled as far afield as York, Hull and Scarborough.
During the run up to their work experience week many students found their own placements and, for those who weren’t able to do so, Mrs Horton, one of the school’s Administration Officers, was on hand to work from the school’s database of employers to allocate work placements. All placements were fully checked through the school and the local authority to ensure they were suitable and students then completed a CV and a brief personal statement to send to their new temporary employer.
Miss Warner, Work Experience and IAG Coordinator, thinks that it is extremely beneficial, especially in the current economic climate, for students to gain as much experience as possible in the world of work. “The students have a real taste of what it’s like to go through the process of finding work which they’re interested in and then completing the all-important application process. Most of them really appreciate the opportunity to get an insight into the sort of work that is out there and whether it is for them. We also really value all the time and effort which the placement providers put into supporting our students in gaining this valuable work experience. Finally, a big “thank you” should go to all the IAG teachers for organising information prior to the placements and to form tutors for contacting the employers. This has been a great team effort which has truly benefitted our Y10 students.”
Bridlington student, Nathan Gamble, got a taste of what it’s like to work with some of the school’s technical support staff. He had a go at everything from helping in the workshops to make bird feeders, to putting together kits for students to use in their Y7 design and technology project.
Nathan said, “It’s been great so far, I’ve really enjoyed working as part of the team. I’ve learned some new skills and now have a much better idea of what it’s like to go to work.” John Bollingham, DT technician, who helped supervise Nathan during his work experience week commented, “It’s nice to have the opportunity to help a young person learn about the world of work and to pass on some of the essential skills they need. Nathan worked really hard and got stuck in to all the jobs we gave him.”