One of the ways in which young people are encouraged to find out about life in the work place is our well-established Work Experience programme. It forms an integral part of the curriculum for our Year 10 and Year 12 students and usually lasts for 5 days. In order to make the most of opportunities offered, students work through a schedule of planning, preparation, briefing and de-briefing in their Careers sessions.
Work Experience aims to help students to:
- develop personal and social skills and qualities by working with new adult contacts;
- understand some of the demands, responsibilities and routines of working life; apply some of the skills they have learned at the Academy;
- compare career ideas with actual experiences.
Some students are asked to complete assignments for course work while on placement. All students use a diary to record feelings, experiences and skills gained or practised. This may be assessed as part of a GCSE or BTEC course.
For students that complete their Work Experience, a Certificate of Achievement is awarded.