Work experience remains a central part of the career development opportunities offered to pupils at Skinners’ Academy and within the summer term, Year 10 pupils experienced their first week of work (Monday 15 – Friday 19 May) and a few months later, many Year 12 pupils also embarked on varying world of work initiatives (Thursday 6 July – Wednesday 12 July).
Gaining work experience is an integral part of the student journey towards gaining clarity and confidence when it comes to deciding what sorts of careers and professional experience they want to work towards (including relevant further study etc.). It is one of the best ways to truly appreciate what certain jobs entail and what skills and attitudes are needed to be successful.
Our Year 10s were resourceful in securing their placements and worked at an impressive range of organisations including BT, CBRE (the leading full-service real estate services and investment organisation in the world), University College London Hospital, Boots, Santander, Marks & Spencer, Tyssen Community School, Stamford Hill Library, London Borough of Hackney Legal Services, Rivington Street Studio, Guy Mascolo Charity, Govia Thameslink Railway, Finstead Pharmacy, Bloomsbury Publishing and many more.
They grew in ability and confidence through using their resources (from parents to siblings and staff to community members) in securing their placements, experiencing daily commutes from one part of London to another and of course getting to grips with skills needed for the roles they were undertaking.
Merve Aydemir, a Year 10 pupil who worked at Naplan Pharmacare noted,“During my work experience I learnt how prescriptions work, helped to translate for Turkish speaking customers, gained more confidence about working in general, worked with colleagues and even shared jokes between us. I enjoyed it.”
Riyadh Uddin in Year 10 said this of his experience at BT“I enjoyed learning about BT and the services they provide and increasing my knowledge about networks and the internet. This experience helped to improve my confidence and my communication in a professional setting.”
Our Year 12s furthered their experience of the working world with placements at organisations including Camp America, PWC, Omnida Studios (dance studios in Wood Green), J O Hambro Capital Management, Aylish Alexander Solicitors, B’Zar (hair salon in Soho) – with roles involving event management, social media management, marketing, finance / capital management and more. Some also took part in insight days with Tata Consultancy and Accenture.
Yasemin Kelimet in Year 12 said,“My placement with Camp America has been amazing! the team was very welcoming and passionate about what they do. I gained valuable experience in marketing, creating creative campaigns and also learning about the company itself. I now hope to particpate in the programme in a few years time!”
Vanessa Ralte, Owner of Omnida Studios remarked, “Catia and Robyn have been amazing… I want to keep them!”
Gina Visram, careers development co-ordinator said “In an era when some schools may drop work experience programmes as they are no longer compulsory according to current government legislation, Skinners’ Academy continues to promote work experience as an integral part of the career development programme and are proud of pupils who embrace it wholeheartedly, with a positive attitude that is likely to serve them positively, regardless of what career paths they pursue.”