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St Benedict’s Students get an insight into the World of Work

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The Year 9 students from St Benedict’s Catholic High School have this week taken part in their annual World of Work Day, giving them an insight into what life will be like after their school education.

Over 200 students spent the day working with local businesses in a variety of tasks, which were organised by the school working in conjunction with Inspira.

The event, saw nearly 50 ambassadors from a variety of different vocations, as well as representatives from Inspira and Hello Futures, put the students through their paces in a bid to prepare them for the world of work.

Ruth Collins, Emma Broatch and Helen Radcliffe from Cumbria Occupational Therapy

Emma Jackson, Headteacher at St Benedict’s commented: “This is a wonderful event for our students. It gives them an insight into what the world of work has to offer and how exciting the future can be.”

The students were placed in ‘speed dating styled’ Meet and Greet situations, which saw them interviewing a variety of different employers about their chosen discipline and grilling them on the hard hitting questions about their job.

Representatives from a wide range of firms including the British Army, Sellafield Ltd, Energus, and NHS were all on hand to advise students on their vocations and offer them top tips for future interviews and applications.

Laura Dawson, Head of Year 9 said: “This is a very important year for our students and we are very keen that they gain an understanding of the world of work before choosing their GCSE options. We are committed to giving them the opportunity to meet people from a range of professions, as well as learning about training and what is on offer”

She also acknowledged the many former students who returned to St Benedict’s now in the capacity of employee representatives:

“In addition to the many different companies we have welcomed today, it has also been a great pleasure to have former students return as well. They are a fine example to our current students and show them the wide range of possibilities that are available in the local area.”

Joe Moore, a former student and now Project Management Apprentice at Sellafield said: “I’ve enjoyed the World of Work Day, and think the students have gained some good insights. I have passed on some useful tips for CV writing and applications forms.”

The day also saw the students involved in workshops with Hello Futures and Inspira who ran various sessions with the students: ‘Team Building and Communication Skills’ and ‘The Chocolate Box’ and ‘Futures Workshop’, which raised awareness of the range and levels of jobs available to young people after education.

Vicky Ritson from Inspira helped to organise the event. She said: “We are delighted to have helped organise this World of Work Morning once again. Thanks to the BECBC Business & Schools Collaboration Programme for encouraging such a diverse range of local employers to take part.”

The Year 9 students will be shortly choosing their Options for their GCSE’s, so this event is a key one to help them in making their decisions. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and have all fed back that they learned a lot.

Some comments from the students:

Ethan Robinson, commented: “I really enjoyed talking to the Army, as this is what I want to do when I leave school. He gave me some really useful advice. I think that this is a really good event for the Year 9 students.”

Elizabeth Clingan said: “I’ve enjoyed speaking to all of the different business, and feel I learnt something different from them all. I already know I want to be a Veterinary Nurse when I leave school, but this morning was still very useful in showing me some other options.”

Sophie Douglas said: “I enjoyed talking to the Fire Service in particular, as this is what I know I want to do when I leave school. They gave me some good advice and told me to always go with my instincts.”

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