We are always looking to develop our links with local, national and international businesses to provide a variety of opportunities for our students to experience different aspects of the world of work. These opportunities include:
Business Breakfasts, in conjunction with the Somerset Business Agency. We host a bi-annual Business Breakfast for local employers to visit the school, have a tour and meet some of our student ambassadors. We share with them how we could potentially work together. Current partners use this opportunity for networking and to share with other employers what has worked well in our partnership activities.
We currently have 12 fully trained Business Mentors. These are local business people and employers, who volunteer to meet regularly with targeted students with whom they provide mentoring and support to help focus and motivate them on potential future career and life choices. All Business Mentors receive training in mentoring techniques and Child Protection. The feedback from mentors and students receiving that mentoring has been overwhelmingly positive and we are incredibly grateful and proud of the commitment they have shown to our students and the school.
We have recently launched our Employability Awards across the Academy, supported by EDF energy. These awards provide opportunities for students to gain credits for challenges that they complete, which are accredited within the bronze, silver and gold awards. These challenges are linked to discrete employability skills that the students can demonstrate and evidence. We are confident that employers will be impressed with the initiative and employability shown by the students who achieve these awards and that they will assist in giving those students a distinct advantage when it comes to securing employment in the future.
Please see our Employability Awards evidence booklets:
Please click here if you would be willing to help sponsor our Employability Awards prizes.
We are fortunate to have established partnerships with Yeo Valley, Homes for Sedgemoor and Mulberry, who all provide different apprenticeship experiences for our young people. Some visit for a day and take part in the full assessment process whilst others are longer term projects. All of them are aimed at preparing those students for entering a career through the apprenticeship route.
We have several of our collapsed curriculum Challenge Days which focus on vocational and career themes. These include mock applications and interviews, in which we use real employers to do the interviewing, taster days, in which representatives from different industries and employment sectors run workshops for students to give them an experience and understanding of what working in those areas would be like, and other vocational experiences.
If you are a local business and/or employer and would like to develop a partnership with the school, please click here for contact details and dates for the next Business Breakfasts.