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WEEK 33 - Friday 11 June 2021

On Thursday 21 May, all Y8 students took part in our first ‘virtual’ Ambition Day. Students took part in a variety of virtual workshops/presentations with the aim of introducing students to career prospects they may never have heard of, or considered, before. An additional aim was to inspire the students to do more CV-enhancing activities to aid their employability in the future. The workshops covered various roles including; careers within the NHS, construction worker, business entrepreneur, police cadets as well as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, post-16 options and an opportunity to hear from some of our current Hessle Sixth Form students. 

Student feedback about the workshops was very positive and we were pleased we were able to adapt to the current covid restrictions and run this as a virtual event as our guest speakers were live streamed into the classroom. Students had opportunities to ask questions about their role and completed activities within their student handbook. Every workshop was somebody's favourite and 70% of our students felt more confident about making career and post-16 decisions afterwards with some requesting more information about other career options. It’s always great to receive feedback from our young people to influence future events and provide additional support. Moving forward we will endeavour to continue to cover a variety of careers and pathways during our tutor programme and future career events to target all students as best we can. 

Feedback and comments on the day included:

''It's great to know that I can do something I love whilst making money and running my own business''

''I enjoyed the video of the builder on site, it was inspirational' 

''It's helped me to understand my options after Year 11, useful and informative'

''I learnt all the things you can do for the DofE and it sounds great fun!''

''I thought about working in the NHS so it was good to hear about all the different jobs''

‘’It was good to hear from the people in Sixth Form and what it’s actually like’’

‘’I want to run my own business because I like the idea of not being told what to do’’

‘’It’s good to hear social media can help in a positive way to support and share your business’’

‘’I wanted to be a builder already and it’s made me want to do it even more now!’’

‘’If I perceiver and work hard I could become a Police Officer’’

‘’I want to start my own business now, like my Dad’’

‘’I liked hearing how much you get paid for certain jobs’’

‘’The best piece of information I learnt was don’t give up when things get hard’’

A big thank you to Hayden Ridley, Katie Hardy, Kara Huggins, Miss Moore, Mr Sellers, Mr Jarman and our Y12 Sixth Formers. Hopefully we can return to face to face events soon!

Last half term we said goodbye to our Y11 & Y13 students as they take their next steps towards their future and the world of work. We wish them the best of luck and look forward to inviting many Y11 students back in July to take part in the Hessle Sixth Form Induction Event. Students will spend three days in our  Sixth Form attending lessons, induction seminars and completing preparatory work. 

For those students who are still looking for apprenticeships, many vacancies are becoming available as we move towards the summer and I continue to share these via the ‘Careers Info’ group on Google Classroom, latest vacancies include Business / Administration, Customer services, Fenestration Fabricator and Painter/Decorator.

Our Y11 & Y10 Duke of Edinburgh students have been training hard in preparation to complete their final qualifying DofE Expedition in June and July in order to achieve their Bronze Award. Students had fun before half term developing their cooking skills, map reading, first aid and nutrition, as well as learning how to set up and disassemble a tent and correctly pack up their belongings... Did you spot the tents on the field? We have many students who are signing up to take their qualification to the next level - Silver Award. Miss Moore also delivered a recruitment presentation to Y9 students and we have a number of students who since enrolling, have been busy developing their physical skills and volunteering. 

During tutor-time over the last half term, students have learnt about applying for part-time jobs, understanding their rights, the types of jobs they can apply for from 14yrs, health and safety and National Insurance. Y10 and Y11 students focussed on ‘money sense’ and were involved in class discussions covering debit & credit cards, insurances, recognising scams / fraud, savings and wage slips. This information is invaluable to our students, preparing them for the future and adulthood. 

As part of our ‘Career in the Spotlight’ we looked at the role of an IT Support Technician. Students enjoyed hearing from Mr Scott and how he started out in this job before working his way up in the world of ICT. We also looked at the career of a Social Worker and how there is a demand for more men to enter this industry with only 19% male employers and 81% female in the UK. Students are always very keen to hear about the salary for these jobs as well as the skills and qualifications required.

Our Careers Adviser Graeme Peart is continuing to meet with our Y10 students to complete their initial face to face interviews. Graeme also met with a number of Y9 students last half term to give additional support and the students really felt the benefit of this and started to open up and think about their future and the importance of the next few years in school.

We are looking forward to inviting our future Y7 students up to Hessle High School as they take part in the Y6 Transition event in the last week of term. We all know it can feel very daunting starting secondary school, but students will have the opportunity to meet their Head of Year, teachers, sample lessons and take part in a number of transition activities in order to prepare them for a smooth start in September.

Finally, Y12 will be participating in an all-day Pathways Event on 10 June. The focus is on helping them to choose their future destinations, with sessions from Hull University and ASK, an apprenticeship support programme. Students will be given advice on completing their personal statements, getting the most out of university open days, and opening their UCAS applications.

Our final half term is a busy one and we have a number of upcoming events, dates for your diary below:

  • Y12 Pathways Event - Thursday 10 June 2021
  • Y7 All About Me Day - Friday 11 June 2021 (please note this date was rescheduled from 6 May)
  • Y10 Careers Week - w/c 28 June 2021
  • Y11 Hessle Sixth Form Induction Event - 14, 15 & 16 July 2021
  • Y6 Transition Event - 19, 20, 21 July 2021

Take Care

Miss Lawes

Careers Leader