Pupils try out world of work
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.