Students from The Academy Grimsby have recently completed their first-ever work experience programme, finding out just what working life is really like thanks to local organisations and businesses.
The Academy Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire’s new school with Year 10 entry, specialises in the delivery of vocational qualifications in Health Care and Engineering alongside traditional GCSE qualifications, offering education and training in the fastest growing industries in our region; and excitingly from September 2015 the Academy will also be offering a Creative, Digital & Games pathway.
Paul Thundercliffe, Head Teacher at The Academy Grimsby, explained the importance of work experience for the students: “At The Academy Grimsby we are complimenting the very best academic qualifications with high-value vocational subjects. Employers want young people who have made academic progress and have a strong skillset.
“By having regular work experience in their chosen pathways, students at The Academy Grimsby are already beginning to acquire work-related skills that are so vital for future progression.’
Two of the students, Rhianne Muir and Neve Kerrigan, are both 14 and training on the Health Care Studies pathway at the Academy. They were chosen to spend the week shadowing staff at St Martin’s Preparatory School in Grimsby.
Angela Smith, the Practitioner for the School’s FS1 Class, spent the week with Neve who has been looking after small groups of children, supporting them on computers and taking part in imaginative play. Mrs Smith said: “Work experience is important for young people so they can see all of the aspects that a role involves. Neve has done very well indeed.”
Neve, who one day hopes to become a Speech & Language Therapist working with childen, added: “It’s been really good because I’ve now got a better idea of how to interact with young people. I’ve done work on sounds and phonics and that’s given me experience of doing the work I want to do.
“The children are really small and I didn’t expect them to be this young but I now know it’s definitely what I want to do.”
Charlotte Griffin, who runs the Two Year Old Room at St Martin’s, worked with Rhianne throughout the week. Mrs Griffin said: “This a great way of students getting experience to help them decide if this is what they want to do because it isn’t an easy job.
“The Academy is a really good idea. It’s not easy for young people to get jobs nowadays so giving them a head start in this way is great. Rhianne was very quiet when she first started but she has done really well and learnt how to interact with the children very quickly.”
Rhianne added: “I’ve enjoyed getting to know the children and what they can do. I’ve been doing different activities and jobs to help the staff. I want to go into Childcare or Midwifery and this has made me realise I’d like to work with children just before they go into Primary School.
“I love being a student at the Academy, it’s a nice environment and everyone is really kind to each other and of the Teachers are also very nice.”