Virtual Work Experience Week
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Due to COVID we were very aware that our students in year 10 would not be able to complete a work experience placement in the normal manner. We believe that this experience is really important for our students to prepare them for the world of work. To support our students in their careers education we put together a 'virtual work experience' week. Some students took part in an organised virtual placement through Springpod. Students were able to experience the working environment in a range of professions including; Law, politics, health services and engineering. Students worked really hard and had to complete a variety of tasks to gain a certificate at the end of the placement.
Alongside all of this all students had a virtual mock interview with an employer, again gaining valuable insight into the world of work and applying for jobs. All students had to create a CV to share with the employer.
Students who were not able to do a Springpod placement, instead took part in a range of other activities. Some students visited Heart of Worcester college in Spring Lane to see the courses on offer for construction, plumbing and electricians. Others attended a workshop provided by EQ on engineering and a workshop delivered by Natwest on career sense.
Overall it was a great week for the students and has helped to prepare them for the world of work.
Well done to all the students who took part and participated well. A big thank you to all the employers involved in the week and the Careers Education Company for helping to organise the mock interviews.
The employers who supported us include, QinetiQ, Mazak, Santec, Natwest, EQ, DWP and many more.
This is what one of our students had to say:-
We got given an opportunity to speak to an employer, which was very insightful and helped us to improve our skills and prepare us for the future. Not only was it good for interview skills but they help suggest how we could improve our CVs as well as this, it revealed a possible work experience that I could take part in.
We also had the opportunity to take part in a virtual work experience run by “Springpod” – I personally took part in a politics work exercise in school, and thanks to the school putting “Springpod” on my radar, I also took part in in a Law based work experience during my Easter holiday.
Quotes that I have gathered form other students:
“It gave me the motivation to complete it, as well as the time [that it required] as I have quite a busy life outside of school I would have struggled to get through all of the work required.”
“It was useful as we were given problems to solve and interactive activities to complete.”