As part of our PDL programme, pupils in Years 10 and 11 are allocated a 1 hour Careers appointment with our EBP Careers Advisor, Nancy Austwick. During their appointment, pupils are given the opportunity to discuss their future educational/career aspirations. Where necessary, Nancy will support pupils in identifying their strengths to enable them to select suitable College courses, apprenticeship or jobs.
We also work closely with EBP (South) who assist us in planning whole school Career Fayres, where local Colleges, Training Providers, Apprenticeship Providers and local employers showcase their work, to support our pupils in making informed decisions about their futures.
Our Year 10 pupils take part in the EBP WEX (work experience programme) where they undertake work experience for one week with a local organisation. During this time, pupils gain valuable experience of the workplace. Our present Year 10 pupils have just finished their WEX and we have been very proud to hear of their successes and accomplishments whilst in the workplace.
Employer comments included:
- “Very helpful”
- “Good – shampooing as we speak”
- “Nervous to start but has been walking the dogs and cleaning up after them. The pupil says he loves the work”
- “Bright as a button”’.
- “All fine, doing well. Done price changes, processed a delivery, on the arcade team today. Punctual and smart”
- “Very good, helpful, efficient, pleasure to have him”.
- “Amazing, got lots done”.
As a result of their work experience, several pupils have been offered part time/Saturday jobs as well as the potential for future apprenticeships/jobs.
Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9, undertake preparation for their future lives, by working on PDL Careers programmes which allow them to identify appropriate future courses for them, as well as having introductions to local Colleges through our Year 8 Preferences Fayre.
A group of Year 10 pupils were invited to attend the Pathways Programme training session at Purbrook Park School, on Wednesday 7th June 2017 with Lisa Rose (School Liaison and Marketing) from
Southdowns / Havant College.
The training ran for one hour and gave pupils the opportunity to think about decisions and choices they will be making in the next 17 months.
Pupils started the session with a practical activity where they were invited to choose holidays, however, they were then given a series of different choices to think about for their chosen holiday, and were asked to make decisions based on the information given. Pupils then related this to their option choices for
College. Pupils said this was really useful and helped them think about how choices and decisions could change based on additional information they may not have thought about.
Pupils then worked in small groups / individually to look at other choices they could make regarding
College / training courses and were quite surprised to be told by Lisa that most people will have at least 5 different career changes in their lives.
We look forward to extending our link with Lisa and Southdowns/Havant College and will be welcoming them again to school in the coming month, where they will be hosting a stand during lunch time in the canteen to show pupils the courses and options available.