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.
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.