All year 8 students will be participating in our “Work shadowing” for three days (Sunday 7th to Tuesday 9th December inclusive.) During these days they will be going to work with either parent, or with another trusted adult if their parent approves (there will be no lessons or school provision and all students will be expected to participate.) The progamme is run by Mr. Wright, the head of year 8. If you missed Mr. Wright’s original letter, you can find a copy on the Work shadowing page. Future relevant materials will be posted here too including, shortly, some suggestions for parents as to how to make the experience most beneficial to your son / daughter.
Work shadowing is the new first step in our programme of enabling students to understand, prepare for and access the world of work. It has become increasingly important to have a clear idea about work routes, for the following reasons:
- the job market is far more competitive than it once was, including for those who have degrees and “higher level” skills sets
- universities are more expensive than ever and likely to rise in cost further still, so a change of mind becomes very costly
- it is becoming the norm / minimum requirement to have work experience as soon as possible (in some industries, to avoid interning for free for years after graduating)
So we want students to have a multi-stage experience of the world of work, which looks like this:
- Year 8: three-day Work shadowing with a parent to give a brief initial introduction.
- Year 10: two-week intensive Work experience with one or (usually) two different companies.
- Year 12/13: extended internships competitively available (programme to be launched soon) for a handful of students, part-time and lasting several weeks.
Taken together, this “ladder” gives students an excellent and ever-deeper understanding of work in context, and should make university and future career choices better-informed.
Keep an eye on the Work shadowing page for more details!