Our Year 12 Work Experience Programme is taking place this week between Monday 17th July – Friday 21st July. We have 29 students that have secured an exciting ‘Work Experience Placement’ and I have listed below some of the businesses in which they will work.
• Amy Smith – Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge
• Robyn Harvey-Smith – Corporate Policy Team at Hertfordshire County Council
• Paris Coldicott-Stevens, Boluwatife and Lisa Milliken at Cambridge United Football Club
• Sydney Williams at Scurr Architects
• Aaron Matthewson – Wrights of Welwyn garden City – Estate Agents
Work Experience is a vital part or the Year 12 careers programme and the key objectives include:
• To allow students to understand how commerce and industry operate
• To help students to see the relevance of school subjects to the world of work
• To help students gain greater self-confidence and maturity
• To enable students to find placements that are related to the career / university course they are considering and also to their AS / A2 subjects and, hopefully, increasing their motivation
• To allow them to prepare for their personal statement for their UCAS form for university applications / CV for the workplace.
Relevant work experience is increasingly viewed as an essential part of any good application for higher education and the world of work. For candidates equally good on paper applying for courses / jobs, it could well be the work experience which tips the balance in favour of one candidate over the other. This is the case more than ever, nowadays, given the greater competition for places in Higher Education and for the job market. Indeed, more and more universities are offering work experience years as part of Higher Education courses and many graduates owe their jobs to such placements. Work Experience matters!
Today I visited Liam Wells and Chad Humphrey on their placement at Glendee Kennels, Welham Green. They received a glowing report. This experience is invaluable for a student like Liam who would like to train to become a Police Dog Handler in the future. Well Done!