Students at Petty Pool Vocational College participated in a range of events and activities as part of National Careers Week 2019.
As a Vocational College, National Careers Week is a really important week for our students. We aim to help them focus on future career options once they leave college.
During the week this year students took part in a variety of activities. For the first 2 days they took part in college based job skills related sessions, including interview skills workshops, practising good and bad interviews; looking at how to use English and Maths in the work place; building their CV’s both in the traditional way and by making a more interactive ‘Video C.V.’
On the other two days students were out and about either working with someone they knew on our ‘Go to work with. …..’ day or taking part in projects to help their local community like painting the Gruffalo at Delamere Forest, supporting St. Luke’s Hospice with a fundraising project or building a wildlife area in Hartford.
Community groups sent in very positive feedback about how the student groups had helped them.
Dave Banks, Recreation Ranger for Forestry Commission England said ‘I can’t thank the staff and students at Petty Pool enough, they all worked incredibly hard. The Gruffalo looks great. In-fact I would say he looks better now than he did when he was first installed! The station looks fantastic too the colours are great, bright and fresh. I think it will have a positive impact and feel good factor for the train passengers, whether they are getting on, off or just passing through.’
Finally, everyone had the opportunity to visit a work place including Bentley Motors in Crewe, Sainsbury’s in Northwich, Cheshire Horse Sanctuary, Crewe Railway Station, to have a first hand look at what it is like to work there. They had the chance to look behind the scenes and ask the staff questions and the students all had a really informative experience.
For staff and students, one of the highlights of the week was a visit from former students who discussed their experiences of work since leaving college. Four ex-students talked about their roles in Premier Inn, Bridge Farm, Halfords and Doggy Day Care, and then stayed for students to ask a range of questions on the jobs they had and how they found the world of work.
Zoe, who went through the Supported Internship Programme in 2018, said ‘I love my job, I have gained lots of confidence and am now doing more and more of the tasks including walking and feeding the dogs and giving them any medication they need. I have lots of friends there too and enjoy the socialising.’
Students also heard from Andrew who left Petty Pool over 10 years ago and works in Halfords in Northwich. Students asked Andrew a range of questions about how people got to work, how many hours they did and how they used their wages.
Nicola Colenso, Director of Student Services shared her thoughts on another successful Careers Week.
‘Supporting our students to employment is one of our main aims. As well as developing vital work place skills, we also ensure students have the other skills needed for work including travel training. We are incredibly proud of all our students and have four of our leavers into paid work already this year.
The week was a real success and students enjoyed the activities on offer and hopefully have a better insight into the world of work. As ever we are very grateful to all the employers and businesses who support us not only during careers week but throughout the year.