Work Experience Offer at Bristol City Community Trust

Bristol WORKS pledge partners, Bristol City Community Trust, are offering unique work experience placements to Key Stage 3 pupils and above.

Based at Ashton Gate Stadium, the placement will offer young people the opportunity to shadow coaches and learn about what it takes to be a community sports coach. If participants are interested, there might also be an exciting opportunity to get involved in teaching and futsal coaching!

If successful, candidates will experience what life is like at a professional football club, opening up networking opportunities and bringing potential career options to life.

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Eligibility:

  • Key Stage 3 pupils or above (college and university)

  • Enthusiastic about sport

  • Have a positive and helpful work ethic

  • Have excellent time keeping skills

  • Be professional at all times

The placements will be popular and there are limited spaces so candidates should apply now: application forms can downloaded here.

For more information about where to send them and to find out how to get in touch to find out more, click here to visit their site.

From WEX to Traineeships to Full-time Employment at North Bristol Trust

Louise Brennan is 24 and is currently a Medical Secretary in Respiratory Medicine and The Bristol Interstitial Lung Disease Service (BILD).

Louise found her route to an apprenticeship when she applied for a traineeship through the North Bristol NHS Trust. A traineeship offers people, from all backgrounds, the chance to gain work experience in an area they are interested in whilst offering them the opportunity to enhance their skills and learn more about the working world.

Louise felt that becoming a trainee would help her to gain some specific experience of working within an office environment. As it was her first office job, she was unfamiliar with the day to day activities she might encounter and needed the experience for her CV.

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After working in the Respiratory Department for three months, in order to see if it was something she was genuinely interested in, she realised how much she enjoyed it. Her role meant that she undertook various day to day tasks that would have been expected if she was an employee. After this time, Louise was then placed onto the apprenticeship programme for a year and worked towards getting her diploma in Business and Administration.

Louise is just one example of how work experience can offer some essential insight into a career that could be right for a young person.

For more information about traineeships at North Bristol Trust, and how to apply, click here.

A Brief Guide to Making the Most of Work Experience

With the new term approaching, many Year 10 students will be starting to think about work experience and who they will approach to secure their placement in the summer term. However, getting experience of the work place isn’t exclusively for Year 10 students. As the WORKS website explains, research suggests that young adults who have four or more experiences of work while at school are five times more likely to engage in further education, employment and training. They earn, on average, 16% more than their peers who had no such experiences. For this reason, education providers and employers should be working together to ensure that there are as many opportunities across the city as possible, and that young people are informed and supported to seek out opportunities that are right for them.

In light of this, here is some Bristol WORKS guidance that we can share with our young people as they start to think about getting a placement that really suits them.

1. Make a list of your skills, personal attributes and experience

When applying for a role, you will always be asked about your suitability. Therefore, it’s useful to really think about what you’re good at and how you know. Think about your strengths in certain subjects at school or perhaps what you’re good at when taking part in an extra-curricular club. You should also consider your experience outside of these areas, too. For example, have you ever had a part-time job, done any volunteering or helped a family member or friend out with a problem? All of these things will have offered you some learning and developed your skills and experience. Don’t forget your personality, though. Perhaps you’re a good communicator or have a great sense of humour. If so, these are traits that will go far in the work-place.

2. Be active and do some research

Once you have considered what your skills are, do some research about different sectors. There are probably areas of work out there that you’d never even thought of. Often we tend to know the jobs of our parents and family friends, why not investigate and find out about new sectors and job roles.

As a starting point, Career Pilot have developed a fun quiz that matches skills to sectors. It’s a good starting point so why not try it?

3. Don’t waste time. Get in touch sooner rather later.

There are certain sectors that are very popular so you have to get in touch early. The creative industries have lots of requests for work experience and so their waiting lists are long. If you’d like to secure a placement for the summer term, get in touch now. Icon Films, as well as many other organisations, have a great work experience programme but they book up months in advance. Take a look at how you can get in touch here.

4. Communication is Key

Whether you’re sending an introductory email, writing an application, or taking part in an induction during the placement, it is important to communicate clearly and effectively. Ensure that you draft all emails and applications and check them for any errors. It’s important to make a positive impression and demonstrate that you’re keen. Why not get someone else to check them and offer some feedback. When on the placement have the confidence to ask questions, seek out new tasks and communicate your initiative. It works in your favour to show you want to progress and learn.

It’s also great to talk to as many people as possible. Try and introduce yourself to people from the departments you work in. If it’s appropriate, find out what what their role involves and how they got into it. These people might be useful contacts in the future!

5. Once the placement is over.

Towards the end of your placement, try and reflect about what you did and the skills you developed. This will help when applying for any opportunities in the future. Think about what you would like to do next and how you can use this experience to help you with apply.

Why not send a thank you email afterwards. Taking on a young person for work experience takes quite a lot of coordination. Sending a thank you email, shows that you have appreciated the time and can leave a lasting impression of you and your placement.

Employers

If you’re an employer and you’d like to offer experience of work but you’re unsure what that means and how to do it, then why not start by looking at our Bristol WORKS Framework. Each activity we help to facilitate is broken down by Employer, Education Provider and Young Person, and aims to offer guidance about what the activity is and what you may want to consider if you’d like to get involved.

Life After Exams

With young people up and down the country collecting their GCSE results tomorrow, it’s important for education providers, careers advisors and communities to offer them sound advice, guidance and information.

Whether students pass with flying colours or whether they’re left feeling dejected, they all have choices to make - choices that have the potential to impact them for the rest of their lives.

For this reason, Bristol City Council have teamed up with the Department of Work and Pensions, National Careers Service and Proud to Care Bristol to offer a range of expert advice to young people who aren’t sure what to do next. Read more about the Jobs Fair, which takes place at the Galleries Shopping Centre in Broadmead on 5th of September 11am - 3pm, here.  With over 30 employers attending, there will be a wealth of information available.

However, this is not the only place that young people and their parents and carers can turn. Our friends at Careers Near Here also offer lots of advice and guidance about CV writing, completing applications, work experience and more.

Going directly to colleges and training providers for advice is also a good option. Expert advisors at centres like City of Bristol College, boomsatsuma, St Brendan's or dBs music will guide young people through options and signpost them to the choice that is best for them.

Whatever happens on results day, young people need to know that there are always options available to them. If you're a provider, advisor or employer and would like to offer young people opportunities or advice, get in touch.  

 

Success: A Combination of Results, Experience of Work and Creativity

With A Level results already out, and GCSE results fast approaching, it's a tentative time of year for many young people who are thinking long and hard about what's next.

Whilst working diligently towards targets, and ensuring that results are the best they can be is very important, it's also useful to remember that success is not always built on results alone. Many studies suggest that a combination of good results and repeated experience of the work place, or work place skills and practices, is the best way to help one's career choice and prospects. 

A report in 2016 by the World Economic Forum stated that "The gap between the skills people learn and the skills people need is becoming more obvious." It seems that although traditional education in schools is a vital part of learning and progression, it is not the only learning that young people need in order to access the jobs they may strive towards. 

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With creative competencies becoming essential career skills, towns and cities should be offering their young people more opportunities to see this in practice in the work place. 

If you're a organisation that thinks it has something to offer young people, whether that's a traditional placement, a workshop, an opportunity for mentoring, support with CV writing or presentations to show the links between curriculum subjects and the working world, then get in touch. Bristol WORKS is committed to helping students be more informed about their future career options. 

A Busy Year for Bristol WORKS at Orchard School and Merchants' Academy

Just as we have done with Ashton Park and City Academy, here is our summary of Bristol WORKS activity across our two remaining partner schools, Orchard School Bristol and Merchants Academy.

With well attended employability days already happening for various year groups at Orchard School, Bristol WORKS was happy to support these sessions with additional employers. Bristol Energy delivered telephone skills sessions to year 10s - offering advice, guidance and role play around the importance of first impressions, politeness and asking the right questions. Later in the year, Boomsatsuma worked with year 10s on a marketing exercise. Groups had to create their own start-up, designing the concept and brand identity to present to their peers for feedback.

Orchard School also benefited from the year 8 STEMworks session with EDF. The group of 60 year 8 students worked together to design a carriage for launching eggs whilst learning about future apprenticeships at EDF Hinkley Point C.

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Merchants' Academy had visiting employers from Bristol City Council as well as The Square Food Foundation, who offered a live food demonstration on stage. These visits aimed to offer year 10 students insights into job roles they may not have considered, and the pathways that would get them there.

Engine Shed and Boomsatsuma also worked with Merchants' Academy on the Engine Shed on Tour project. The two trips saw year 9 students visit Hargreaves Lansdown and Future Space to tour the facilities, interview employees, and make 360 degree film tours for their peers. The group later took the content to Merchants' Academy Primary and taught year 6 students about their experiences.

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To round off the year, both Merchants and Orchard School Bristol took up places on the Bristol WORKS traditional placement programme. Students worked in departments across Bristol City Council, learning about the variety of roles and projects on offer. One student was placed with the Mayor’s Office and the Labour Group Office, gaining access to a week in the life of decision makers in the city. You can read their blog post here.  

With so much activity happening at all Bristol WORKS partner schools, we're looking forward to seeing what the next academic year brings. 

Our Year at City Academy Bristol

Continuing with the summary of employer engagement at Bristol WORKS partner schools, here’s a brief look at the experience of work activity that we put in place at City Academy Bristol this year.

Starting with the STEMworks and EDF sessions, the whole of year 8 and 9 learnt about apprenticeships and got to experience how science relates to the real world. The year 8s, working in small groups, designed, built and launched egg carriages across the hall. The year 9 groups learnt about wind turbines, designing and building their own from bought materials.

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City Academy Bristol students were also part of Engine Shed on Tour. Their team of year 10 students visited Pukka Herbs, learning about their work spaces, their staff and their laboratory for testing herbs! Once the film was finished on the boomsatsuma bus, they took it to Easton Primary School and taught the year 6 students about the 360 camera equipment and the tour they took. The year 6 students interviewed them about their experiences at Pukka Herbs and were helped to make a film of their own.

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City Academy Bristol was also visited by many inspirational speakers across the year. Addressing the year 7s and 8s, speakers such as Cllr Asher Craig, Karl Brown from Wilmott Clark and Bristol’s own Mayor, Marvin Rees, talked to students about their roles and the pathways that got them there. Their final visit was from Michele Curtis, Director of the Iconic Black Bristolians project. 

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Year 10 students were also invited to be part of the Bristol City Council workforce for the week. With students taking up Bristol WORKS traditional placements within the Learning City Partnership team and the Employment Support Team, they learnt about the various roles within the council, the vast array of BCC projects, and even spent some time with Marvin Rees understanding his role and his day to day activities.

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A look back at Bristol WORKS at Ashton Park School

Now the academic year is over, it’s nice to look back and reflect on the activities that Bristol WORKS has supported at our partner schools.

This year, in collaboration with Ashton Park School, we’ve been able to offer various activities that fit into our framework, from ‘Employer Visits’ to ‘Real Challenges’. Working with organisations from a range of sectors, year 7, 8 and 10 students have benefitted from meaningful interaction with various employers.

Engine Shed on Tour is an activity that sees students tour high-tech, innovative, creative, and digital organisations from around the city. Whilst there, they use state of the art, 360 degree cameras to record their tour and edit it on the boomsatsuma bus - a mobile editing suite. The result is an engaging VR careers resource for their peers.

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Ashton Park’s first ESoT was to Engine Shed where they toured the facilities, interviewed various members of exciting start-ups and saw first hand what innovation looks like. The school’s second tour was to Extract Coffee Roasters, where they learnt about the art of roasting coffee in an environmentally friendly way. They also had a go at latte art and experienced first hand the various roles within the company.

STEMworks and EDF also delivered a Bristol WORKS session for year 8. The session saw students work with a STEMworks leader and EDF ambassadors to learn about apprenticeships and the safe transportation of nuclear waste as they designed, bought and built carriages to launch eggs across the school hall.

Year 10 also benefited from a series of assemblies to introduce the year group to various industries. These assemblies covered sectors such as media, sport, finance, cooking, hospitality and journalism with visits from Fiona Francombe of The Bottle Yard Studios, Chris Stenner of Bristol City Community Trust , John Hirst from Destination Bristol, Martin Booth from Bristol 24/7,  The Square Food Foundation and more!

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During the final weeks of term, Griffiths also visited the school, taking their bridge building activity and their tipper lorry to introduce the principles of engineering and health and safety to students.

It’s been great to work with Ashton Park School this year and we look forward to them remaining part of the Bristol WORKS network moving forward.

 

 

Final Week of Bristol WORKS Traditional Placements

Last week saw more students from Bristol WORKS partner school, Orchard School Bristol, experience the variety of roles that Bristol City Council has to offer during their one week placement.

After getting an induction, they spent the week in their teams, learning about job roles, objectives and daily activities.

Throughout the week, the students were introduced to many different departments at Bristol City Council so they could understand the roles on offer, and ask questions about pathways. This included a presentation from the Economic Development team and the Apprenticeships team.

You can read about Joseph's week with the Mayor’s Office, and the Labour Team office, here.

There are more placements in store for the next four Bristol WORKS partner schools in the new academic year, so watch this space for more activity. 

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City Academy Bristol learns about the Iconic Black Bristolians Project

As the academic year comes to a close, City Academy students heard from their final inspirational speakers today. Michele Curtis, Artist and Director of Iconic Black Bristolians and Nadia Lloyd also from the Iconic’s Team, presented to Years 7 and 8 about their roles as Artists and Project Managers, and the potential of creativity.

Iconic Black Bristolians is a project that celebrates black history and, in turn, Bristol’s history by telling the stories of the ‘Seven Saints of St Pauls’. Michele has researched, funded and shaped this project in line with the 50th anniversary of St Pauls Carnival and shares the history and memory of its founders.

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Talking to City Academy students today, Michele and Nadia showed their portraits, shared their research and told the story of how the project came to be. The aim was to inform local students of artistic entrepreneurship, to encourage creativity, celebrate cultural heritage, and to inspire them to have their own icons and share their own stories.

With students thanking the Iconic’s team with a rapturous round of applause, it’s safe to say they enjoyed hearing about the local talent, local creativity and local people with very high aspirations.

 A big thank you to Michele and Nadia for their time.

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A Busy Week for Bristol WORKS Partner Schools

This week has seen lots of action with Merchants Academy and Ashton Park School both participating in Bristol WORKS activity.

On Tuesday, Merchants Academy took part in Engine Shed on Tour. Working with boomsatsuma and Engine Shed, the students visited Hargreaves Lansdown to learn about the organisation and the roles within it.

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The team of Year 9 girls interviewed staff and toured the Learning Academy and other spaces with 360 degree cameras to make a VR tour of their experiences.

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On Wednesday, Alun Griffiths visited Ashton Park School. Taking their ‘Exchanging Places’ Tipper Lorry and ICE ‘Bridge to Schools’ activity.

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Groups of students learnt the principles of engineering whilst they worked together to construct a bridge that they could then walk across.

Whilst various groups took part, other students got to climb aboard their Tipper Lorry to learn about Health and Safety and experience what it might be like to drive the vehicle in a safe and secure way.

On Thursday, Merchants Academy took part in another Engine Shed on Tour, this time at Future Space. Working with boomsatsuma and supported by Engine Shed, they learnt about about the organisation and the way that Future Space connects entrepreneurs and tech innovators with scientists, researchers and graduate talent. Touring the company with the latest 360 degree filming equipment, they edited their footage into a virtual tour for their peers.

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This week has also seen Bristol WORKS work experience student, George from Merchants Academy, take up his placement with the Mayor’s Office and the Labour Group Office. You learn about his experiences by reading his blog.

Keep an eye on this page for more Bristol WORKS activity coming soon. 

Bristol City Council Welcomes Work Experience Students from WORKS partner school, City Academy

This week, two year 10 students from WORKS partner school, City Academy, have been on work experience at City Hall. Placed within the Learning City Partnership Team and the Employment Support Team, Maryam and Liana were introduced to many jobs roles, projects and members of staff across their week.

As well as completing various tasks set by their mentors, Mayram and Liana started the week by attending the Employment, Skills and Learning Celebration event. Here, they experienced first hand the work that goes on in the city and were able to share in celebrating some of the Bristol's learners and partner organisations. 

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After this exciting start to schedule, the students were then introduced to various other people within the council. Their first meeting was with Marvin Rees who hosted them in his office, welcoming their questions and talking them through an average day as Mayor.

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Later in the week, the students met with the Economic Development team to give them an overview of the economy in Bristol, discussing its changes and the factors driving that change. The session introduced the students to larger employers as well as the diversity of SME and micro businesses in the area.

They also had a Apprenticeships session. The aim of which was to inform the students about what apprenticeships are, what the various levels are and what options would be available to them. The session also involved advice about how to apply for apprenticeships and tips and guidance for applications and interviews.

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The week was a huge success with Liana stating:

“I honestly didn’t know doing work experience with the Bristol City Council would be this much fun. I definitely think that everyone should look into applying”

Watch this space for more work experience placements from our other Bristol WORKS partner schools.

Engine Shed on Tour goes to Extract Coffee with Ashton Park School

Earlier this week, Bristol WORKS partner school, Ashton Park, visited Extract Coffee Roasters to make an exciting 360 degree film of the organisation with boomsatsuma and Engine Shed

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Once the students arrived at Extract, they were introduced to the equipment, the objectives of the trip, and the roastery itself. After this, they commenced their first tour, learning about how the coffee is roasted, the efficiency of the machines, and process from bean to bag. 

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The second tour was all about the training. In order for customers to get the best from Extract Coffee, they offer training to companies they supply to. The Ashton Park students learnt all about 'Latte Art'. They practised how to make shapes in their coffees and understood the role and responsibilities of being a barista. 

After the tours were over, the team edited their footage to create a 360 virtual tour. 

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The premise behind the project is to offer rare insights to exciting and innovative organisations, giving young people the opportunity to create careers content for their peers. The day was a huge success with one student saying "It opened up future choices for me." 

Watch out for more Engine Shed on Tour to come. 

Griffiths Interactive Workshops at Ashton Park School

In a matter of weeks, Griffiths Civil Engineering and Construction will be visiting Ashton Park School for an exciting day of construction and safety. 

In order to teach students about the principles of engineering in an interactive and engaging way, Griffiths will be facilitating their 'Bridge to Schools' activity. This will see two teams around twelve students spend an hour working together to construct a bridge that is approximately seventeen metres in length and three metres tall. 

In order to do this effectively, it is essential that students use skills that they practice in their everyday lessons such as calculation, communication and exploration of ideas. 

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There will be three bridge building sessions at Ashton Park meaning that Griffiths will be working with up to seventy students, making direct links to industry and offering invaluable insights into construction. 

In addition to this activity, Griffiths will also be taking a tipper wagon to the school and teaching students about the principles of health and safety in Construction. Students will get to sit in the cabin of the lorry and discuss the safety considerations of pedestrians, cyclists and road users with the driver. They will get to see and experience the blind spots and learn about how to safely pass a construction vehicle. This provides an unique opportunity, under a controlled and safe environment, to view the highway from the driver’s perspective.

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With so much hands on activity, it's set to be an exciting day of real challenges and career insights for Ashton Park students. 

Young Enterprise - My Money Week - 11 - 17th June

The resources and materials for the tenth annual My Money Week, which takes places from 11 – 17 June, have now launched at www.young-money.org.uk/mymoneyweek

This year they have developed a set of exciting and brand new digital video resources which offer an interactive learning experience for schools and students with short videos focused on making money decisions. Primary pupils will explore raising and saving money and charitable giving by making decisions on behalf of a school council in the primary videos. Secondary students will consider mobile phones, insurance and risk by making decisions on behalf of the young people in the secondary videos.

The videos are accompanied by a comprehensive set of downloadable teaching materials containing further activities, ideas and lesson plans which schools can use to deliver engaging and relevant financial education for students.

Taking part in My Money Week is free for schools, however Young Enterprise are asking schools to register for access to the videos so that they can capture participation. 

Click in the link above to register, gain access and get going!

WORKS Employer Visits Offer Exciting Industry Insights

As the academic year draws to a close, schools often have to try their hardest to keep spirits and enthusiasm for learning high. This is especially true for Year 10 students who often start to yearn for the summer holidays as the pressure of moving into Year 11 mounts.

In order to combat some of these feelings, and to inspire students to tackle their challenges head on, WORKS had organised career insights and motivational talks for our partner schools.

Starting with a visit from Bristol City Community Trust’s Chris Stenner, Year 10 students at Ashton Park School have been visited by representatives from various organisations such as PR Rocket, The Bottle Yard Studios, and The Square Food Foundation who did a live food demonstration on stage. There’s more to come for Ashton Park with inspirational visits from Lloyds Bank, Bristol 24/7 and Destination Bristol.

Merchants Academy have also been visited by The Square Food Foundation as well as a representative from Bristol City Council to discuss Equalities and Inclusion. Later this month, they can expect visits from The Bottle Yard Studios and wellbeing service, The Quiet Heart.

With Orchard School Bristol wanting to offer Year 8 and 9 students insights into the creative sector, WORKS offered a visit from Junior Saunders. Whereas City Academy were more interested in offering inspirational speakers from the political and commercial sectors such as Marvin Rees, Cllr Asher Craig and Karl Brown.

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With so many choices ahead of them, it’s invaluable for students to meet a range of employers from a range of sectors. As research suggests that young adults that have four or more experiences of work at school are five times more likely to engage in further education, employment and training, WORKS intends to support the developing relationships between schools and employers in any way it can.

Group Mentoring for Orchard Girls

Orchard School Bristol are keen to improve the expectations and aspirations of all students. With the many social and economic pressures affecting families and individuals in Bristol, it is unsurprising that many young students are left confused about their options and unsure about what is truly accessible to them.

For this reason, with the support of Bristol WORKS, and its network of willing employers in Bristol, Orchard School will be offering targeted group mentoring to young females in need of learning more about the world of work and the possibilities ahead of them.

Running once a week, the mentees will meet a variety of women from a cross-section of industries who will talk to them about their careers and the pathways that led them to the workplace. The hope is that each session will offer the year 10 girls a taster of different roles, pathways and sectors, allowing them to learn from the mentors’ experiences and feel more equipped to make decisions about their own futures.

With volunteers coming forward from organisations such as Catalyse Change, Poco Tapas Bar and Bristol City Community Trust, the students are set to hear a variety of stories and experiences that we hope will inspire and excite them.  

 

City Academy Meets the Team at Pukka Herbs with Engine Shed on Tour

A group of students from Bristol WORKS partner school, City Academy, visited Pukka Herbs recently as part of the Engine Shed on Tour project. 

The students, all in year 10, visited the exciting organisation to learn about the job roles, their objectives and their working environment. Taking them on a tour of their new offices, situated at The Chocolate Factory in Keynsham, the team at Pukka Herbs showed students round their yoga space, their think pods, their isle of tranquility, and they even got into their lab to see some of the tea being tested. 

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The Engine Shed on Tour project is a partnership with boomsatsuma and sees schools visit exciting and innovative organisations around the city to showcase the opportunities that Bristol has to offer. Whilst there, the students film their tours on 360 degree camera equipment and edit it on location on the Engine Shed on Tour bus. Once the films have been edited the students can they share their tours with the rest of their school community who can view the tour and look around the organisation as part of a VR experience. The films made as part of the project are all open career resources, designed to offer rare access to creative organisations. 

Watch the City Academy students' tour of Pukka Herbs below. 

Watch this space for more Engine Shed on Tour visits with all Bristol WORKS partner schools. 

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Mayor visits City Academy to celebrate Bristol WORKS

Last Friday, Marvin Rees visited City Academy to celebrate the Bristol WORKS programme and find out about the kind of engagement the City Academy students have had with employers. 

Whilst there, the mayor took part in a short assembly with pupils, sharing his story of education and finding out what their hopes and aspirations were. After this he jumped on board the Engine Shed on Tour bus to see a 360 degree film that City Academy students made with boomsatsuma at Pukka Herbs, all part of the Bristol WORKS activity.

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WORKS is Bristol Learning City Partnership initiative and is building a unique collaboration between employers, learning providers, and local communities to develop a skilled local workforce. The programme offers bespoke experience of work programmes created with schools, based on the needs of the schools and their young people.

Launched in 2015, Bristol WORKS is about to enter a new chapter of work as it reaches out to four new schools that will be part of the initiative during the next academic year.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “When I became Mayor one of my main aims was to improve the local children’s experiences of work.  Research suggests that young adults who had four or more experiences of work while at school are five times more likely to engage in further education, employment and training afterwards.

“We want to make sure children across the city are inspired to achieve more and can access more opportunities. As part of our WORKS programme we have been connecting schools with employers to find new opportunities for children to experience work in a whole new way. It has been great visiting City Academy and finding out how our children are benefiting from this scheme.  If you are a local employer who thinks you have something you can offer, I’d encourage you to get in touch with our team to see how we can help.”

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Four local schools have been involved in the programme this academic year: City Academy, Orchard School, Ashton Park and Merchants Academy.  

Jon Angell, Principal of City Academy said, “Bristol Works has been a fantastic addition to our careers and works programme here. We have worked really closely with them around STEM work in Year 8 and 9 and with EDF. That work has continued with one of our partner primary schools Easton Primary School, with our students going there to work with their students. We’ve had some amazing guest speakers talk to our students, Mayor Marvin Rees and Councillor Asher Craig to name but a few. They really raised our student’s aspirations and showed them that there are a number of career pathways available to them. Another initiative is having employers come in and meet and hold careers interviews with our Year 11 students to talk about what their plans were, not necessarily to be employed by those companies, but to ensure students have a career plan.”

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Many employers are currently involved in the WORKS programme offering assemblies, mentoring and lots of other experience of work opportunities to local students.

WORKS pledge employer, Engine Shed, have partnered with boomsatsuma to run their Engine Shed on Tour activity. The tour sees all Bristol WORKS schools, and others in the region, gain rare insights into exciting and innovative organisations around the city. The students have access to state of the art equipment, filming their tours and editing them on location on the Engine Shed on Tour, boomsatsuma bus. Making the 360 degree films allows the students to see the breadth of opportunities on offer in the region and create engaging resources for their peers and other schools.

Nick Sturge, Engine Shed Director, said:  “It’s wonderful to see the WORKS project taking on the important role of linking schools with innovative businesses in the Bristol city-region. In the same way, Engine Shed on Tour takes students to local companies with an aim to inspire their careers. It’s great for the city and its future generations that Engine Shed and Bristol City Council's WORKS project can work together to a mutual end."

More information on the programme can be found on the website and find out what’s on offer: https://www.bristol.works/

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EDF STEMworks Session at Orchard School

EDF provided another STEMworks session at Orchard School this week with Year 8 students learning about career possibilities and nuclear power. 

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The group of 60 began by learning about EDF Hinkley Point C and nuclear energy. After this, they went on to learn about the career opportunities available at EDF, focusing on apprenticeships and alternative career progression. Once the careers advice and guidance was complete, they started the really fun bit, the practical session.

The aim of the session was very simple, groups had to design and make a vehicle to be fired up the ramp towards a target. The vehicle needed to support the weight of an egg and prevent it from breaking when it impacted and rolled along the floor. The vehicle of the winning team would travel furthest from the launch ramp on to the target without the egg cracking.

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The activity aims to demonstrate the process behind carrying delicate materials safely and allows students to creatively experiment with design, taking into account the science needed to land the egg without breaking it.

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With EDF STEMworks sessions still to happen at Bristol WORKS partner schools Ashton Park and Merchants Academy, there's plenty more egg launching in store.