In February 2023 the Year 10 pupils participated in our annual Work Experience. Nine pupils went off site to a variety of placements across Southampton and the surrounding area. For our pupils to participate in work experience it is a huge experience, breaks down comfort barriers and puts them in new social experiences to increase self-confidence.
Work Experience placements form a part of our ‘Employer Encounters’ curriculum which is a wider part of our Careers Related Learning Programme. Research has found that pupils that have “meaningful encounters” with work places are more likely to enter and stay in a successful career, raise their aspirations and less likely to become NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).
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This year our pupils worked in Mechanics, Retail, Maritime, Education and the Care Industry. We received highly positive feedback from the employers involved with offering placements to our pupils and may have returned to school asking to do further or extended placements.