“It has been such a positive day, filled with student engagement and participation!”, enthused Lauren Church, Careers and Work Experience Co-ordinator at Woodlands School for learners aged up to 19 with special educational neds and disabilities. That was Lauren’s feedback on our workshop when learners developed employability skills by taking part in ‘hands-on’ activities based on the Construction, Retail and Hospitality industries. For example, they took customer orders, set up a shop display and handled cash and card payments. There were even ‘dressing up’ clothes to help them get into the roles.
This workshop on 15th March followed a successful one the previous week when students in KS4 took part in a day working with employers from the Art & Crafts and Sport & Recreation industries. To support the school’s commitment to develop the employability of learners, CSD will be running 5 more vocational workshops in the summer term introducing more industries including Business Administration, Games Design, Hairdressing, and Painting and Decorating.
Students commented “Can we please do that again?”, “That was so much fun!” and they are excited about future opportunities to build on their skills and experiences with external suppliers.