In Middle school students have two hours of Personal Development, Employability and Enterprise. This curriculum offer focuses on developing students understanding of the world of work and focuses on developing the key skills needed including appropriate social interactions and expectations in the world of work. For some students it develops their understanding of the range of jobs available and for others it focuses more on potential career pathways.
Throughout Key Stage Four, students complete an ASDAN qualification in Personal Development and Employability. This course provides the theory behind the world of work and allows students to explore the wide range of employment options. Students also have numerous opportunities to visit post 16 education providers such as Lincoln College on a regular basis. In addition they are encouraged to take up opportunities within school that can provide evidence for their ASDAN portfolio such as mentoring younger students, some of our year 11 students have begun doing this every Friday afternoon.
In assemblies external speakers are invited in to explain their organisation and the many career opportunities within these for example the Co- Op and NHS. In addition the school host an annual careers day with a wide range of education providers, organisations and employers who meet with parents and students to provide information, advice and guidance.
In Year 11, all students are given the opportunity to complete one/two weeks of Work Experience at various employers in and around the Lincoln city. For some of our more able Post 16 students, we have provided opportunities for students to work within school for example in our kitchens. This is in conjunction with the Education Business Partnership (EBP) who provide the necessary health and safety checks for each placement.
The advantage of work experience is that it gives students the chance to experience the world of work. Students are encouraged to find their own placements although our work experience coordinator will provide support for those students who need it. Prior to a placement the students are encouraged to make their own phone calls to the organisation they will work in and attend interviews and induction opportunities. In addition the work experience coordinator and class teacher will visit the students in their work placement to provide encouragement and to review their progress. This is a great opportunity for some of our students who have been travelled trained to use these skills to transport themselves to their work placement.
Some examples of placements this year are: Co-op, Pelican Trust, Pets at Home, Continental Landscapes and Branston Nursery to name a few. Each year we track our student’s next steps by keeping contact with the organisations that they go on to work or study within. We review our careers programs at the end of each academic year.
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