We are extremely grateful to everyone who has been a part of our Work Experience Programme this year. We have had 130 students working with external employers despite the covid pandemic and the impact it has had on work places. We cannot thank everyone enough for your support and encouragement of our students. The feedback from employers has been really amazing and we would like to congratulate all our Year 10 student who completed a successful programme. Students have been able to develop their confidence and independence and develop working relationships with adults in the work place, learning to use their initiative, take instruction and work to deadlines. This has been a really valuable experience for everyone.
We also had a work programme running in school. The Cabinet Office agreed to offer 10 students an opportunity to work with civil servants and learn more about careers in government. Jess and Eve worked with students over three days. They were able to develop key employability skills including, team work, communication, time management, research and presentation skills. They also developed confidence by taking part in the programme. They have a much clearer idea of what a civil servant is and the wide range of employment opportunities available. They have learned budgeting skills, CV Writing and more formal writing techniques. It was a fabulous programme. Well planned and well delivered. All staff who observed the session were extremely impressed!
We also had another Work Programme operating where a group of students worked with different employers each day on a project enabling them to be creative, present their ideas and receive feedback from employers.
On Monday we worked with the Army. They gave a presentation to students and showed us two different career journeys looking at life as a soldier. Students then took part in two practical sessions including the MTA car and jungle maps to work on teamwork, problem solving and communication skills. In the final session students took part in a de-coding task and were able to crack the code.
On Tuesday we worked with MBDA who gave students an introduction to MBDA & the CADMID project. Students started with Water bottle challenge and enjoyed working as a team to come up with solutions to this challenge. The MBDA Team led by Ben Sudworth then set students the task of designing a system to disable drones or prevent them from flying into airfields. Students worked creatively to come up with solutions to the task and learned a lot about presenting ideas which they were able to develop considerably as the week went on. They learned about career opportunities within MBDA and had an opportunity to ask questions.
On Wednesday Sushma from ‘Sushma Snacks’ and Christine Baldwin, Asda Community Champion and our Enterprise Advisor, worked with students on a social enterprise task to ‘re-think food’. The aim was to reduce food waste and get students and their families to look at how to use food that is close to the use by date to make some really delicious recipe’s. Sushma looked at over ripe bananas and showed us how to make banana bread and chocolate chip bananas, and then showed up recipe’s including French toast and spicy potatoes. They were amazing! Thanks Sushma!
Students also looked at ideas for a community kitchen and also learned about employment opportunities and careers within Asda. Christine then took us on a work place visit to Asda where students has a tour of their warehouse and learned about systems used to identify foods close to their use by dates, and how they are redistributed to charities and people within the community to help reduce food poverty and reduce overall waste. It was fabulous to see and speak with staff involved in this field of work. Thanks to Christine and Gillian.
On Thursday Keith Harris from Bolton FM showed students how to produce a radio show by building it up as an hourly show. We worked on a 30 minute segment to include an introduction, advert, interview, music and other fillers such as the weather and news. Students worked on a Friday night programme to encourage teenagers to listen to radio. We also had our young community reporters from Year 9, come and interview our year 10 students about their experience. Poppy, Ava and Lilly have been working with Keith to learn how to interview, record and edit in preparation for reporting on Bolton FM for the future. Thanks Keith!
We had a thoroughly enjoyable week working with all our employers. Every experience was so different but so valuable. Thank you to everyone involved including our teaching staff, some of whom had students working with them throughout the week in departments, or who worked with them throughout the week to support them in project work, or worked with them on Friday to continue the work experience theme in subject areas to complete the week.