Students at Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy undertake a variety of Work-Related Learning activities during Key Stage 4. We encourage students to learn for, about and through work. Our Careers programme offers all year 10 students a ‘mock’ interview and opportunities to review their own learning and career progression plans. In a world where youth unemployment stands at 21.9%, work experience is becoming more valuable as a way of giving young people an ‘edge’. It is also becoming more difficult to find placements.
At Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy, we have always valued work experience as an invaluable aspect of Work-Related Learning for our students. Successful placements help our Year 10 students to develop work place skills that they will need in the future. However, following changes to educational legislation, work experience for Key Stage 4 students is no longer a statutory requirement. Associated administrative costs are no longer subsidised for schools; this has increased the financial burden on schools greatly. Despite the considerable rise in cost per student to the school, we feel that our students should still be offered the opportunity to experience the world of work. We feel that the benefits of successful work experience placements can be significant, enabling them to explore the reality of possible careers or to develop interpersonal skills in a ‘real’ environment.
CTK students all have the opportunity to apply for and undertake a placement in the summer term of Year 10. Students prepare for the placement in school via a Citizenship programme and extra-curricular activities.
Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy allow students to participate in work experience. For more details, please see Mrs Helen Akers or Mrs Rebekah Ali (Work Experience Co-Ordinator).