Pupils try out world of work

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By ASHA ME­HTA

MORE than 200 firms opened up their of­fices to Deep­ings pupils to give them a glimpse into work­ing life.

A to­tal of 30 Year 10 pupils from The Deep­ings School took part in two weeks of work ex­pe­ri­ence, where they tried out the world of work through a range of place­ments.

Marks & Spencer, Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, Tesco, RAF Wit­ter­ing, John Lewis, Cam­bridgeshire po­lice, Fox Nar­row­boats, Peter­bor­ough District Hos­pi­tal, so­lic­i­tors, restau­rants and pri­mary and nurs­ery schools were just some of the or­gan­i­sa­tions who pro­vided a work place­ment.

Dur­ing the two weeks, staff at the host or­gan­i­sa­tions worked to help stu­dents de­velop their em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills and get a taste of what it is re­ally like to go out to work.

Two lucky young­sters from the school got a chance to go far­ther afield for their work ex­pe­ri­ence.

One went to the London base of film giants Warner Broth­ers in London and an­other went to Paign­ton Zoo in Devon, to see how it op­er­ates.

Teenagers also took part in a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties af­ter their two week ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing pro­duc­ing a poster to show what they had learnt.

They also dis­cussed the new skills they have de­vel­oped as a re­sult of their work ex­pe­ri­ence.

A num­ber of pupils have also been of­fered Satur­day and hol­i­day jobs and a pos­si­ble ap­pren­tice­ship and there has been great feed­back from the or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved.

Com­ments in­cluded: “The four pupils we have had have been ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic, a joy to have and they worked so hard – we will miss them”.

Linda Tay­lor, ca­reers and workre­lated learn­ing man­ager, said “We would like to ex­press our thanks for the sup­port shown by the many com­pa­nies and or­gan­i­sa­tions that have pro­vided place­ments for our pupils dur­ing the two weeks.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the time and re­sources that are in­volved in pro­vid­ing a work place­ment, par­tic­u­larly in the cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate.

“We are proud of the way in which the year group con­ducted them­selves out in the work­place and this ex­pe­ri­ence will en­able them to fur­ther de­velop their work-re­lated skills and help in their fu­ture ca­reer plan­ning.”

WORK­ING: Deep­ings School Year 10 stu­dent Alex Cham­bers (15) do­ing work ex­pe­ri­ence at Fox Nar­row­boats in March.

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