On Friday 21 June myself and a group of students from Thorpe St Andrew Sixth Form attended an apprenticeship day at Dereham Sixth Form.
The day began with a choice of workshops run by a variety of industry experts. We chose to attend the NHS workshops, delivered by two professionals with healthcare backgrounds. As myself and my friend Annabel are interested in a career in health care, this talk was perfect for us. The talk was interactive, and therefore we found that we were able to learn more information specific to our future career choices.
Another student who attended the day took part in the ‘confidence’ talk which involved participating in carefully structured games and improvisation tasks designed to get students more involved. This benefited the student, as she felt encouraged to increase her involvement within group activities, allowing her to begin to gain an understanding of how competitive apprenticeships can be and how she can make herself stand out as the best candidate.
After attending the workshops, students attended the careers fair with a variety of stalls representing different apprenticeships. I personally found this very helpful as I was able to acquire the appropriate booklets detailing information about apprenticeships that interest me.
During the course of the day, several students were offered one to one mock interviews with employers. Myself and Annabel attended separate interviews with the NHS. Being given the insight into the structure of the interview and what type of questions we would be asked was an incredible experience. As a result of the interview, Annabel is now clear on her future career path: an apprenticeship in physiotherapy with the NHS.
Without this mock interview Annabel would still be unsure about her post Sixth Form choices, she now is able to pursue a goal and work hard towards it knowing what she wants to be.
Overall to my best knowledge, all students from Thorpe St Andrew Sixth Form highly benefited from this day and we are now clearer on our future choices as a result.
We would like to thank Dereham Sixth Form College for organising the inspiring event and all employers who attended.
Madeleine Cullens and Annabel Webb
Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form, Laundry Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR7 0XS
Main Office - 01603 497711 | Student Absence Line - 01603 497722
The Yare Education Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with company number 10301555. The registered office is at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form, Laundry Lane, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, Norfolk, NR7 0XS. (Telephone - 01603 497711)