Ashton Park Careers Fair 2019

Ashton Park School, in conjunction with Bristol City Community Trust, will be holding their annual Careers Fair on Monday 21 January 2019, from 1pm until 7pm.

The careers fair has grown enormously in size over the last few years with over 80 exhibitors in attendance last year. There was a cross section of industry, HE and FE organisations, apprenticeship providers, individual companies and the uniformed services. Companies and organisations are already enquiring about 2019’s event and to meet the demand, Ashton Park School have been fortunate to engage the help of Bristol City Community Trust and have secured a new venue which will be able to accommodate this. Excitingly, It is to be held in The Lansdown Suite at Ashton Gate Stadium.

The event is aimed primarily at Years 9 to 13 (13-19 year olds) and coincides with Year 9 GCSE Options in many schools. This is a key time for students as they make choices about their futures. However, as all students in KS4 and 5 are making decisions about their education, access to such a wide variety of organisations is invaluable, offering excellent insights into various career pathways. For this reason, Ashton Park have extended the event from 1pm until 7pm which includes part of the school day, allowing other schools to attend with students, reaching in excess of 1000+ attendees.

To enable Ashton Park to successfully deliver the event, they are asking exhibitors for a fee of £75, payable in advance, this includes refreshments.

If you are interested in having a stand, or require further information, please contact Kathy Jemmott on:

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Tel - 0117 3772843 (direct)

Creativity and Construction with Bristol WORKS Partner Schools

This week has seen lots of activity start to take shape at Bristol WORKS partner schools, Oasis Academy Brightstowe and Knowle DGE.

Starting the week with a crack team of budding creatives, Oasis Academy Brightstowe, began to create their own student-led newsletter. Working with post-16 media students from boomsatsuma, the team are designing and making their own school publication with a focus on creating something that has a student identity. Over the course of the year, students will produce three newsletters brimming with events, sporting achievements and notices; there may even be a few creative pieces of their own. Once the first draft of each newsletter is ready, an industry volunteer will visit the school, offering feedback and ideas whilst talking to them about their role, pathways and workplace.

Later in the week, Oasis also had a visit from Creative Projects Manager, Lyndsay Davies. Working with teachers in Performing Arts and Music, Bristol WORKS is offering insights for year 8 students into creative roles. The visit informed students about the benefits of creative subjects in schools, demonstrating transferable skills and potential pathways in the future.

In addition to this, students from Knowle DGE visited the site of ‘The Wave’ in North Bristol on Thursday, learning about construction and civil engineering with Alun Griffiths. After a rigorous introduction to health and safety on site, two groups of students took tours in Land Rovers with the Site Agent. Experiencing all the large earth moving vehicles first hand, they discovered the kind of work that is needed to prepare the area for the build.

The students also got to meet other staff in the site office, including a Junior Engineer who explained what a civil engineer does, and the various other roles required on site to complete a project like ‘The Wave’. He also demonstrated some of the high-tech tools used such as Laser and GPS Technology.

After all this action, the group then had lunch, tea and biscuits in the canteen where they had more opportunity to ask more questions. With goody bags of information about Go Construct and the Institute of Civil Engineers, Knowle DGE students left the site smiling!

If you’re an employer interested in working with Bristol schools, get in touch.


Bristol WORKS and boomsatsuma host 'Ask Me Anything' Event

This November sees the return of Digital Cities Bristol, a week long event that aims to boost digital skills with free training and events taking place all over the city.

Running from 26 to 30 November, the week will offer all involved exciting insights into digital practices. Each day will see an array of engaging activities, from open doors events, to live coding workshops, to VR seminars to hakathons. There is something for anyone interested in the digital, high-tech or creative sectors.

On 27 November, Bristol WORKS has teamed up with boomsatsuma to run a speed networking session - ‘Ask Me Anything’. The event will see young people, aged 14 - 18, carousel between volunteer professionals from music, film and TV, games and VR and journalism and design representatives. They will learn about their industry and ask questions.

It’s a brilliant opportunity for young people to meet, network with and ask questions to professionals in the creative sector. The networking will mean that young people will meet a range of creatives in a range of professional roles, each offering unique insights into their fields.

To book a place click here.

Apprenticeships You're Hired Event at The Galleries, Bristol

Last week, the Apprenticeships You’re Hired job fair took place at the Galleries shopping centre in Broadmead. The event aimed to demonstrate the benefits of apprenticeships, encouraging people to understand that anyone can apply for an apprenticeship. They’re available across a wide range of different industries from law and finance to education, marketing or IT. In some sectors an apprenticeship can also earn people a qualification up to the equivalent of a Master’s degree.


The collaboration between Bristol City Council, the National Apprenticeship Service and other local partners, including the support of The West of England Combined Authority (WECA), saw over 300 people from a diverse range of backgrounds attend the job fair and interact with employers and training providers who had live vacancies.

The fair was part of a programme of events aiming to raise the profile of apprenticeships with a particular focus on under-represented groups.

With employers including Costa Coffee, EDF Energy and St Monica’s Trust, the event was great success. Bristol WORKS partners, Ujima Radio, even covered the event on their station!


If you’d like more information on apprenticeships, including help with how to find a job and real-life stories, you can find it here.

Experience of Work Update from Pledge Partner Bristol 24/7

It’s been a busy year for Bristol24/7, with more work experience placements taken up than ever and several exciting projects planned or currently running around the city, working with young people from a variety of backgrounds.

The summer of 2018 was packed with students taking advantage of the Bristol24/7 work experience programme, with up to three young people working with the editorial team each week. Content creators from Rife Magazine came in to do a week of work experience towards the end of their internship to learn the ropes at another publication, and students from both local universities and others including Oxford cut their teeth on stories gathered from around the city, plenty of which were published in the print magazine.

In addition, a successful partnership with the Erasmus Programme saw the partnerships team joined by Julie Berger from Switzerland, who was studying social media and marketing. The editorial team are currently working with Nathalie Schenck, a media student from the Netherlands, who is focusing on photography and video, with exciting ideas in the pipeline including filming an upcoming rave in the crypt of St John in the Wall church on Broad Street.

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The editorial team also advertised for their first ever full-time paid summer intern to work solely on the annual Student Guide, funded through a partnership with UWE Bristol. After a round of applications and interviews with shortlisted candidates, Louise Knight was offered the role and excelled in putting together the biggest and best ever guide, which has been distributed to thousands of students at both of Bristol’s universities.

Placements are filling up fast for next summer with Year 10 students from Backwell School, Fairfield High School and St Katherine’s already booked in for their first taste of professional journalism.

In June 2018, Bristol24/7 were honoured to be named amongst the winners at the 2018 Bristol Employment, Skills and Learning Awards, held at City Hall. The nomination came from Bristol WORKS, part of Bristol Learning City Partnership, for an employer partner award on the strength of the work experience programme and social impact projects.

The Bristol24/7 social impact programme has undergone major improvements this year, relaunching in September as Better Bristol and encouraging consultation from across the city to identify key areas for focus both editorially and in terms of projects.

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One major success story is the young chefs’ programme in partnership with Square Food Foundation, based at The Park in Knowle West. Now in its second year, this has developed from a training programme to a 12-week course that will earn participants a qualification. Learners are currently five weeks into the course and are spending two days a week learning how to be a chef and one day a week practising their skills in the kitchen at businesses including Bellita, Boston Tea Party and Bravas.

Also currently in the pipeline is a new film project. Bristol24/7 are currently planning a consultation with young people living in local social housing to see what they would like to get out of the project.

To find out more about any of the Better Bristol projects, email Details of Bristol24/7’s award-winning work experience programme can be found at

Apprenticeships You’re Hired Job Fair

An event to showcase the apprenticeship opportunities available with key employers is being held later this month in The Galleries shopping centre in Broadmead.

On 24 October (1 – 5pm) around 40 employers and training providers will come together with the aim of signing up a new wave of apprentices, with over 100 opportunities available in the next few months.

Bristol is one of five cities in England which has been selected to work with the Government to increase diversity in apprenticeships and has teamed up with the National Apprenticeship Service and other local partners to put on the You’re Hired event. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is also supporting the work.

Anyone can apply for an apprenticeship and they’re available across a wide range of different industries from law and finance to education, marketing or IT. In some sectors an apprenticeship can also earn you a qualification up to the equivalent of a Master’s degree.

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Employers  including Costa Coffee, EDF Energy and St Monica’s Trust, will be on hand at the You’re Hired event to discuss opportunities and how to apply.

Before the main event opens a free, bookable skills workshop will be taking place from 10am-12noon. Held in partnership with the National Careers Service, the Department for Work and Pensions and numerous other local support providers, four workshop sessions will

Before the main event opens a free, bookable skills workshop will be taking place from 10am-12noon. Held in partnership with the National Careers Service, the Department for Work and Pensions and numerous other local support providers, four workshop sessions will cover; how to complete job applications, use the ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ website, build resilience and mock interview practice. There’s space for 100 people on the workshops and attendees will also get a free lunch and access to the jobs fair 30 minutes before it opens to the public. It’s quick and easy to sign up here.

The job fair on the 24 October will be the first in a series of events between now and 2020 which will provide support and opportunities for people interested in apprenticeship.  

The programme is being delivered as part of Bristol WORKS  - a Bristol Learning City Partnership (LCP) project which aims to improve post 16 pathways and career options.  

Bridge Learning Campus Hosts 'Bridging the Gap' Careers Event

With the success of last year’s event, Bristol WORKS partner school, Bridge Learning Campus, are planning their annual Careers Event in November.

400 students, from years 8 to 11, will have the opportunity to browse stalls an hour at a time. With industry professionals from a variety of sectors from across the city, students will be able to pick up information, ask questions and get involved in taster sessions.

As well as organisations holding their own stands to offer advice and guidance, there will also be Activity Zones. The school will be separated into areas that reflect certain careers and sectors. Each zone will offer students the opportunity to take part in activities and tasks that they would encounter in the real world. This interactive element to the careers event will be a fun way for students to learn employability skills and an understanding of job roles.

If you’re an organisation interested in being involved, then get in touch Julie Harris via

Taking place on 22nd November at 8.40am to 1pm, it promises to be a brilliant event for students and employers alike.

Career Coach Needs You!

Bristol WORKS’ Career Coach programme is now recruiting for its second phase.

Launched earlier this year, the Career Coach programme made a commitment to children in care that aims to transform lives and empower young people. The pilot year saw 16 professionals matched with 16 young people and now that the new academic year has started, Bristol WORKS is on the look out for more volunteers.

Career Coach matches volunteer, professional coaches with young people, who are in year 9 (aged 13/14), and in care. The recruitment process aims to match inspirational local professionals with young people based on their interests and preferred ways of learning. The aim is to support the student over the next five years to:

  • Develop their interpersonal skills, to take responsibility, and to build self-efficacy and self-belief

  • Develop or increase their career ambitions and expectations 

  • Increase their information and knowledge about future pathways, including careers and education options

  • Develop their professional network

The aim is to match 16 further mentors with young people in year 2 (18/19 academic year). We are seeking professionals from industry, who hold senior and middle leadership positions, and who can commit to coaching a young person in care for five years. By sharing your expertise over five or six coaching sessions per academic year, you can have a lasting impact on a young person’s career pathway.

Ongoing supervision is provided in addition to:

·      Safeguarding training

·      Attachment training

·      Coaching training

Career Coach aims to motivate the students by modelling excellence and encouraging them to explore wider career opportunities including pathways to higher education and advanced apprenticeships.

If you would like to get involved we would be delighted to hear from you. A short telephone interview and follow up meeting is required before the matching process and essential training which will guide you to the next steps.

For further information please email or call 0117 92 23318. 

CEC launches West of England Careers Hub

Yesterday saw schools, colleges and businesses join forces to improve career opportunities for young people with the launch of the new West of England Careers Hub.

Managed by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the Careers Hub will initially work with 25 schools and colleges from across Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. The schools and colleges will be supported to improve career opportunities and work experience for young people, allowing them to make more informed choices about their future careers.

WECA secured £220,000 from The Careers & Enterprise Company to establish the new Careers Hub, which was launched yesterday at the Grant Thornton Offices. Additional funds for the Hub have been provided by WECA, the LEP and Future Quest.

Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, said: “We need the right skills for businesses now and into the future and we must encourage young people to realise their potential. The new Careers Hub will ensure young people have more opportunities to connect with the world of work and potential future employers. Evidence shows that if a student has four or more opportunities to engage with an employer, they are more likely to secure employment, and earn more during their career.”

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of the Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “We’re excited by the potential impact of the Hubs. If employers, schools and colleges can better prepare young people for the world of work, we’re not just benefiting the future economy, but improving prospects for thousands of young people.”

Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor (2nd from left), and Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of the Careers & Enterprise Company (2nd from right), with members of the Careers Hub Team from the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership.

Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor (2nd from left), and Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of the Careers & Enterprise Company (2nd from right), with members of the Careers Hub Team from the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership.

(left to right) Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of the Careers & Enterprise Company; Annabel Moller, Envision Community Apprentice Graduate; and Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor.

(left to right) Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of the Careers & Enterprise Company; Annabel Moller, Envision Community Apprentice Graduate; and Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor.

The Careers Hub will offer targeted support to schools including: up to £3,500 per year to use on opportunities to strengthen links with employers; access to a Hub Network Group – building a community of good practice between schools; support from an Enterprise Co-ordinator and Enterprise Advisors; Careers Leader Training and Continuing Professional Development for wider teaching staff.

There are currently 49 Enterprise Advisors in the West of England, part of an Enterprise Advisor Network of trained volunteers from the local business community. They work with headteachers and school leaders, sharing their knowledge and experiences and helping to deliver better careers support and work experience opportunities. The network is looking for more professionals from local businesses to volunteer as Enterprise Advisors. If you are interested in getting involved please contact

With so much opportunity, Bristol WORKS is looking forward to seeing how the landscape of effective careers provision develops in the West of England.

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.



  • 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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.