Year 10 Careers Day

On Thursday 8th and Friday 9th July Year 10 students received 2 days of Careers based learning. We were very lucky to be able to invite guest speakers into school for the first time this academic year and the students really enjoyed working with them.

On Thursday, students took part in a ‘Launch Pad Enterprise Masterclass’ run by Young Enterprise. Working in groups they were given a business which they had to name, market and finance then pitch their idea to the rest of their year group. There were some fantastic businesses and the students worked really well together taking on the different roles of a company. Thank you to the staff from Young Enterprise who came in to deliver this session.

Students also had the chance to watch a virtual workplace tour from local businesses and via video call have a live Q&A with people who worked there.  We had a wide range of local businesses showcasing lots of different employment sectors and career paths including Engineering, Law, Sport & Leisure, Hospitality and Health & Social care. Thank you very much to the businesses VEKA, Napthens Solicitors, Burnley Leisure, Tap Select and Pendleside Hospice who took time out of their busy work to talk to our students, they all learnt a lot.

At the end of the day teachers delivered a NatWest ‘Career Sense’ lesson where students learnt about making informed choices to make a business financially successful this included looking at topics such as green initiatives and cyber attack threats. 

On Friday, students did a Young Enterprise Course called ‘Digital Me’, in this course students had to complete various units including CV writing, personal skills and strengths and personal statement writing. This course allowed the students to explore and reflect on their own personal qualities and to think about how they would make themselves appealing to prospective employers. Students who completed the course got a certificate to put in their Record of Achievement.

Students also listened to a ‘Pathfinder’ talk. This involved 3 guest speakers explaining different qualifications available after Year 11. This included Mr Joseph from Clitheroe Royal Grammar talking about A-levels, Chris and Grace from Burnley College talking about vocational courses and the new T-level qualification and Vicki from Training2000 telling students about apprenticeships. There was lots of new and important information for students to think about and they listened really well.

Throughout the 2 days we had guest speakers from ‘ASK’ apprenticeships and Burnley College. Tim from ‘ASK’ worked with students to help them with their interview skills, students had to work in teams to interview each other for jobs and give constructive feedback. The students really enjoyed this activity and it helped them work on their confidence and speaking and listening skills. Chris from Burnley College did a ‘College Life’ lesson where he explained all about the ‘extra’ bits of being a college student such as NUS, volunteering programmes, enrichment activities, trips and residentials; it all sounded very exciting, and the students were very keen to find out more!

Thank you to all the Year 10 students and staff for supporting and engaging with the careers days so well and thank you to our guest speakers for giving our students some fantastic opportunities.

Mrs Starr