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Students are ‘All Set’ for the future

We are excited to be working once again with the DEBP (Direct Education Business Partnership) who are delivering a bespoke careers programme to a pilot group of our Year 10 students. The “All Set” workshops aim to support young people to develop transferable skills and gain meaningful experiences of the workplace through a combination of classroom activities and employer encounters. These unique careers lessons are designed to increase students’ confidence, develop important employability skills and raise aspirations around future careers choices.

Our Employability Worker from the DEBP, Niall, ran the first workshop on 15th January, where students took part in some ice breaker activities to get to know each other better and to improve communication within the class. They then got into groups to design and build a bridge using K’NEX which had to be strong enough to support a weight, working on their teambuilding skills to get the best results. Students also discussed their thoughts and ideas for the future, looking at where they are now and where they would like to be – and, importantly, thinking about how they will get there.

Over the coming weeks, the group are looking forward to taking part in employability workshops covering post-16 options, identifying skills and goals, exploring different types of careers and decision-making skills. Students will also prepare for a mock interview with an employer. During the final weeks, we are also planning a trip to a local business where the Year 10s will be able to experience a real workplace environment and learn some valuable new skills. The programme will ultimately help these students to positively transition into the next phase of their education or employment journey at post-16. Thank you to the DEBP for running this important project for our students.

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