National Careers Week was launched on Monday 5th March to Year 7-11 by Sandy Lindsay MBE from The Juice Academy in an assembly, inspiring students to research career options and embrace opportunities that arise.
Year 8 were then involved in two events with employer volunteers (including alumni members). The Careers Speed Networking event gave them the opportunity to speak to a range of employers for 6 minutes each, questioning them on their job and careers path. They asked some very perceptive questions and our visitors were very impressed with the students. The “Guess My Job” workshop involved students asking questions to a panel of 6 employers to try and guess what their job was. Throughout these two events students got to hear about careers such as an engineer, a physiotherapist, an interpreter and a journalist, amongst others.
One of our volunteers, Heather Bancroft, commented: “I was pleasantly surprised by how engaged, polite and interested the students were during the speed networking”.
Adding to that, Matt Thomas from the National Crime Agency said: “It was a really great event and the children were very receptive and asked some great questions.”
Several of our volunteers stayed on to visit other year groups after the Year 8 event. Year 12 Computer Scientists got a visit from a software developer, Year 11 Physicists were joined by two engineers, Year 9 English by a journalist and Year 11 English by a lawyer. Linguists in both Year 12 and Year 10 benefited from an interpreter in their classroom.
Lunchtime then gave students in Year 9-13 the opportunity to hear from a nuclear engineer about career opportunities in this field.
On Tuesday and Wednesday form tutors delivered a careers activity to Year 7-11. Students learnt about careers of the future and transferable skills, and students in Year 9 created a display of their own future career ideas.
Posters were displayed around school all week, including inspirational quotes to inspire the students and information on teachers’ previous jobs and the skills they developed, which was obtained in advance by the Year 10-11 Careers Ambassadors. Many students engaged in discussions with their teachers’ about their career paths throughout the week.
During National Apprenticeship Week, Matt Leigh from the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network (GMLPN) ran a lunchtime drop in session on Friday to Year 10-13. Students were offered impartial advice on advanced, higher and degree level apprenticeships. They were also supported in registering on the ‘find an apprenticeship’ website and exploring live summer vacancies.
Year 12 students during PSE and their parents at the Post-18 Options Evening learnt about MMU degree apprenticeships the week prior to National Apprenticeship Week, and Year 10-13 will benefit from an apprenticeship lunchtime drop in session on Friday 16th March from The Growth Company (formerly The Skills Company).
We made a pledge to invite at least 20 employers in to Urmston Grammar to inspire our students and we had a great response. Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped make these events happen. It is only with the support of these organisations and individuals that we are able to offer these opportunities to our students and we are extremely grateful.
Amy Marshall (CEIAG Co-ordinator) and Natasha Kinder (Co-ordinator of Work Related Learning)