Students got a taste of the careers they are hoping to pursue in future when they spent a week out on work experience.
Year 11 students spent the first week of term on work experience with a range of companies from all industries, including law, health & beauty, retail, pharmaceutical, banking, education, veterinary, mechanics, hospitality and the British Army.
Mrs N.Clifton, Head of Upper School, said: “The week provides students with a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of the careers they are interested in.
“Our students thoroughly enjoyed getting hands-on experience in the world of work. For many of them, it has confirmed the career paths that they want to take in the future, whilst others have decided that they maybe should pursue other career options.
“We would like to say a big thank you to all of the businesses and organisations that allowed our students to do their work experience with them. It is incredibly important that they get this introduction to work as they head into their last year of school.”
Keanu Ferriday has dreams of becoming an Artillery Soldier and spent the week with the British Army learning a range of skills, including ambush techniques, rifle shooting and vehicle stopping, whilst putting his fitness to the test on obstacle courses.
Keanu, who has relatives in the British Army, also spent one night on a ‘stop out’ putting all of the skills he had learnt throughout the week into practice.
He said: “I was already interested in a career in the British Army and the work experience has confirmed that this is definitely what I want to do. I really enjoyed my work experience and am now planning on joining the British Army college next year after school.”
Chelsea Evans spent the week at her nan’s shop, Wendy’s Sweet Treats, in Wolverhampton.
She said: “It was really enjoyable to spend the week there. Because it is a family business, I got the chance to run the shop and interact with the customers.
“I’ve helped out there in the past but not for such a long period of time and it was a really good experience, doing stock taking, dealing with customers and refilling shelves. She’s happy for me to go back!”
Creative Amy Williams said she is definitely considering a career in art after spending her week at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, whilst Niamh Porter is now planning her future working with domestic animals after an enjoyable week on work experience with Groomers 4 Pets, in Bilbrook.
Nathaniel Findley (above) spent his work experience at Castec Motor Services.
He said: “I have always wanted to go into a career involving engineering and this was a really good experience.
“I am not sure that the motor trade is for me but I really enjoyed the week and it has helped focus my mind to look at the career options available for the future.”
Arrangements for next year's work experience placements will start over the coming weeks.