Career WorkOut with Year 11 pupils at Bridge Academy which is an alternative education provision. The primary needs are either Social, Emotional and Mental Health or Physical and Sensory. The majority of students have experienced failure in a previous educational setting having exhibited extreme negative or anxious behaviours due to their significant and often complex needs. Almost all students have low self-esteem on entry which manifests itself in a variety of ways throughout their time within the Academy.
Bridge Academy aim to raise standards and improve the life chances of their students through a considered and planned curriculum which enhances the learning experiences enjoyed in the school community.
How will the session run? Career WorkOut introduces students to work guests from different work backgrounds so they can find out what it’s really like in different jobs. In a one-hour speed-interview session, students interview each guest about their personal experiences of work. All WorkOut sessions give guests a chance to say what they do for work and why, find out more about young people today, network with guests from other local businesses and promote community cohesion.
You will be briefed on arrival by the Worktree team. You’ll join other work guests to answer questions from small groups of 3-5 students in a carousel, a bit like speed-dating. They’ll ask you open questions for approximately seven minutes about your job/career path for example how you got your job(s) and what it’s like for you. When the time is up the students move to the next guest, and so on until the end of the session. The session is facilitated by a member of the Worktree team. A short debrief will take place at the end of each session.
Do I need to print off a ticket? No. When you arrive all you need to do is introduce yourself at the Bridge Academy Reception. Please say that you are here for Worktree.
Where do I go? Please report to the Bridge Academy Reception where you will be met by a School or Worktree representative.
What time do I need to arrive? Please report to the School Reception at 12.15pm.
Who is the School contact? The main School contact for this Initiative is Kerry Clifford.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Car parking and mobility spaces are available in the main School car park.
Are there ID or vetting requirements? No, there is no need for ID or vetting because a Worktree facilitator and a school teacher will be present at all times so guests will be supervised. Please ensure that you are never left alone with a student(s).
What can/can't I bring to the event? You don't need to bring anything, just be ready to answer the students' questions honestly. You can bring business cards for networking.
Can I contact the organiser with any questions? Yes, please contact Bhupinder Roda, Tel 01908 209940, firstname.lastname@example.org
Is my registration/ticket transferrable? If you can't make it, please try to find a replacement and contact Bhupinder as soon as possible.
Safeguarding – If a student discloses a concern to you please do not ask any questions. Please inform a member of the Worktree team immediately who will take the next course of action.
Photographs - The School and/or Worktree will take photographs during the session. These photographs may be used on our website as part of a news story to publicise the event. If you would prefer that we do not use your image, please let the Worktree Team know as soon as possible or at the event on the day. Guests are not permitted to take photographs during the session using their own personal devices. If you would like a photograph to publicise your involvement in Career WorkOut, please speak to the Worktree team before the event.