Work Related Learning (WRL) is defined as: planned activity that uses the context of work to develop knowledge, skills and understanding useful in work, including:
- learning through the experience of work
- learning about work and working practices and
- learning the skills for work.
At Urmston Grammar we understand the importance of developing employability skills and preparing the students for the workplace. We want students to leave us well equipped with a variety of skills that they will need to be successful in life. Much of this is delivered through lessons where students are continuously encouraged to develop their communication, teamwork, presentation and independent learning skills In addition students have the opportunity to take part in the following:
- Lunchtime Careers Talks for Years 9-13. These are held throughout the year and are delivered by guest speakers from different employment sectors. Students are encouraged to attend any they feel are relevant to them
- PSHE – Sessions are delivered by form tutors and make links to the workplace and help prepare students for the options process.
- Year 11 – Preparation for Working Life Event – this is held every September and involves the whole of Year 11 who are off timetable for the day. They participate in workshops including CV preparation, Interview Skills and Speed Networking where they get the opportunity to speak to a range of different employers about their jobs.
- Year 12 – Work Experience. All students in Year 12 can participate in the work experience programme after their AS exams in July. With the support of the school, students are encouraged to find their own placement in an employment sector that is of interest to them. Students are given advice on preparing for work experience interviews and health and safety issues as part of this programme.
- Year 12 – mock interviews with employers at the end of Year 12
- Careers Event – Years 9 -13 are invited to attend a Careers Event which is held biennially. At this event students and their parents can attend their chosen career presentations which are delivered by employers. They also have the opportunity to visit a wider range of employment sectors as part of the careers fair
- Extra-curricular – Lots of extra-curricular activities e.g. debating, BBC School Report and Young Enterprise all help to provide students with skills that are useful in the work place. We are continually developing our Work Related Learning provision and building up links with employers for the benefit of our students. If you work for an organisation that you feel may be able to work with us on any of the above initiatives we would love to hear from you. Please contact our Co-ordinator of Work Related Learning, Natasha Kinder on firstname.lastname@example.org