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Employer Encounter Workshop

Suggested Age Range: 13 - 16
Hours to Prepare & Review: 2
Type of Activity: Workshops

Richard Lander School, Truro ran a careers encounter day for all of their year 7 students including those with EHC plans in their ARB the ‘ARK’.

Richard Lander School, Truro ran a careers encounter day for all of their year 7 students including those with EHC plans in their ARB the ‘ARK’.

Half of the year were out with parents on a ‘take your child to work’ day and half who were unable to do this stayed in school and participated in the workshop where they met a range of employers from a variety of industries including digital, care, health, finance, charitable and construction industries.

The workshop ran for two sessions and during each groups of approximately 6 students rotated round each of the employer tables. The employers came with a variety of information and ‘props’ and talked the students through a day in their life at work.

To help the students engage with the employers their careers coordinator, Nikki Grenfell, provided prompt cards with a range of questions so that the students didn’t run out of things to ask and to help those with lower confidence to engage.

Students from the ARK rotated round the workshop alongside their peers and were supported by staff to engage with and understand the roles and information the employers were providing. As well as using the prompt cards many of the ARK students had their own questions for the employers. One young man who wanted to take part in the event but was unsure about coming into the hall remained outside with employers coming out to engage with him on a one to one basis which he found more comfortable.

All of the students were asked to complete an evaluation of the event afterwards and the results included:

  • Students felt we had a great mix of employers and 85% felt they learnt about new jobs/roles that they didn’t know existed.
  • 82% agreed or strongly agreed that they learnt about a variety of jobs
  • 92% agreed or strongly agreed they know the skills employers are looking for.
  • 44% agree and 37% strongly agree they feel more confident talking to employers.
  • 44% enjoyed and 49% really enjoyed the workshop.