Encounters with employers, embedding Gatsby benchmarks in our careers programme.Posted on: 22/01/2020
On 18th November 2019 our new Enterprise Adviser, Tracy Whamond did a presentation to Year 11 and 12 students about work experience. Enterprise Advisers are business volunteers assigned to schools by the government’s Careers and Enterprise Company. They mainly help schools develop careers programmes and link students to employers.
Ms Whamond has tons of experience in human resources and has worked in the media, creative and advertising industries. She spoke to students about the rationale for work experience, transferable skills, what to expect when doing work experience and what employers want from students. She told us that though some work experience may involve doing menial tasks, it can still be very important. Some placements might even give students the opportunity to take on really interesting and challenging responsibilities.
The event was attended by over 300 students. Since then, some of our Year 11 students have been asking when they can do work experience and want to start planning. That’s a good thing!
Our work experience takes place in Year 12 and this year, students will be going out from 6th to 17th July. It will be a chance for them to get an insight into different job sectors/careers. It will also create opportunities for them to apply their skills and knowledge in a work environment.
Many students come back from their work placements with improved confidence and self-esteem. Work experience is a great opportunity for students to show what they can achieve outside school as we can see from these two case studies.