As part of our careers programme all year 10 pupils and any year 11 pupils taking BTEC Health and Social Care or BTEC CPLD go on 1 week’s work experience as a compulsory part of their qualification. As a school we contract the sourcing of our work placements to MEBP, which ensures a very diverse choice of careers for our pupils to experience. This also enables us to personalise any idea a pupil has to suit all work experience needs. MEBP visit the placement and carry out risk assessments to ensure that the placement is suitable and safe for our pupils to visit. The work experience placement is then contacted by the pupil with support from their form tutor and any necessary interviews or visits to the work placement arranged. During the placement pupils are also supported by their form tutor and the Head of KS4 in phone calls and a visit during the work experience. Pupils are expected to complete a work experience booklet before, to prepare them for the week, during, to record what they have been experiencing and after, to reflect on what the work experience has taught them.
Year 10 pupils and year 11 Childcare pupils completed a very successful weeks’ work experience in term 1. Work experience places are organised via MEBP and pupils are superbly matched to their requested interests and future career pathways.
This is what some of our pupils said;
Paddy: It was great. I enjoyed the fact that Leon let me join in with the work. I liked that the work was in different locations. all of the office staff were nice and the Engineer was brilliant.
Sophie: "I loved the work. I want to do it when I leave School. The other people and children were lovely".
Tarron: "The workers were nice people, but the work wasn't what I thought it would be. I enjoyed the machining but not the prep stufff".
Harley: "It was good, much better than School all the people were helpful and good fun".
In total 12 pupils visited local businesses to experience life in the workplace and see what it is like having a full-time job. Pupils were praised for their punctuality and willingness to try new jobs. Business providers said they would have the pupils back again and would be very happy to host a Rowans pupil as they are confident, polite, hardworking and enthusiastic. This what one of the providers said about Kacie: The nursery said that they had never had anyone like Kacie. She has been the only work experience pupil that made such an effort to talk to the children and they would happily have her back.
Some pupils have also enquired about possible apprenticeships and have had a very positive response. We will look into possible future work experience placements to strengthen these relationship and plan for post 16 apprenticeships.
We are very proud of all their achievements, being successful in the working world is not easy and our pupils have showed resilience and determination to get the most out of their weeks’ work experience.