This week, Yewstock held a whole-school Careers Week from 29 April – 3 May 2019. The range of activities covered every age and ability. Some activities helped pupils to understand the world of work and improve their perception of who works in our community and what they do. Other activities supported our young people with making decisions about their future path and gave them an opportunity to learn about the skills and training needed for that route. We were fortunate to host The SAMEE Charity, several members of the local community and even some parents at the school and college to present information about their job roles. The careers and skills showcased were Business & Enterprise, Catering, Dog Grooming, Prison Officer, Painting & Decorating, National Trust, Farming, Police, Sturminster Mill, Harts Garden Centre, CV & Interview skills and Preparing for Adulthood.
We ended the week with a non-uniform day where pupils and staff came dressed for their ‘Dream Job’. We highlighted the week’s events in assembly and held a ‘Dream Job’ fancy dress parade. We all enjoyed learning about different careers and jobs and trying out new skills. It was great to dedicate a week to supporting our young people with developing a variety of skills which will help them as adults and will give them a head start in finding meaningful work, whether this is in a supported work placement, volunteering, or in paid employment.