Work experience and work related learning is an important part of the Curriculum at Nancealverne for all learners. It gives students the opportunity to develop and apply the skills learned in the classroom to a work situation.
We try and give every student the opportunity during their time here to undertake some work experience but this tends to be when they are ready, rather than in Year 10 as is currently the case in mainstream schools. Pupils are supported by our staff as required and they all complete a logbook of their experiences as well as preparation work before they attend their placements.
Learners are supported to give ideas about work experience placements, and are exposed to in-house opportunities through ASDAN accredited work, Enterprise Projects and links with local employers and the community. We are proud of the links we have with local employers to be able to volunteer and undertake work experience placements frequently across the year.
A structured programme of work experience is available through the curriculum offer at Key Stage 4 and upwards, and prior to this through learning experiences built into the long term planning for other learners. We also ensure we have taken into account the statutory guidance through the Careers Strategy which was released by the Government this year, and enables students to undertake meaningful encounters with employers from Year 7 to Year 13.
Successful placements in the past have included, Penwith College Motor Mechanics, Moorvue Farm, Manna’s Café, Costa Coffee, Poppies Cafe, The Minack Theatre, local busking opportunities in Penzance Town Centre and Transformations Hair Salon.
Developments over the last year have also seen the school investigate more ways for students to locally volunteer in projects which are close their home, offer a way to be independent and help others and can lead to increased social groups and more interaction with others. We have made a link with Poppies Cafe and Breathe Communities in Penzance for this work.
The school also works closely with a dedicated Enterprise Coordinator from Cornwall Council, who is linked with all schools in the SPT to develop work experience, enterprise and work-related mentoring with local businesses across the town and surrounding areas.
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