What a great day with Aldridge School Year 10 pupils today. They did a range of skills development activities which included writing a CV, a Letter of Application and inventing and presenting a new business.
There was a lot of facing fears as well as creativity and presenting skills on show.
Business supporters attending the event as facilitators and judges were: Jacqui Pountney MBE, Richard Scott and Sue Bedward of Space2focus. They interacted with the pupils, helped develop their ideas and had the tough job of choosing the eventual winners.
Rachael and Jo from InComm Training came in to give talk on Apprenticeships and how to apply as well as discussing employability skills.
I’ll be using the experience of working with Year 10 when I start their Careers interviews in a couple of weeks’ time.
Richard Scott, Jacqui Pountney MBE and Sue Bedward of Space2focus on the judging panel
A fantastic day at Abu Bakr Girl’s School in Walsall. We ran a Maths Challenge aimed at letting the pupils understand the importance of Maths in terms of school grades and future careers. One challenge involved them making a range of Maths shapes in 3d and then jazzing them up with a themes to present to the judging panel.
With only one hour to complete the activity from scratch, the girls used their teamwork and creativity skills to produce a range of brilliant ideas as shown below.
The Business Supporters and I enjoyed every minute of working with a group of talented and intelligent young people.
I had an excellent day with Cheslyn Hay High School Year 9s. The school is very big on giving pupils the opportunity to develop their business and social skills.
The pupils did an Intelligence Quiz and a mini-challenge to create an art installation to demonstrate the future of Cheslyn Hay. We then gave them a budget of £100k to develop any part of town into a Social Enterprise Business.
All pupils came up with great ideas and then presented them to a judging panel made up of local business representatives: Peter Cadman, Julie Lee and Tracey Wellings.There was a lot of ‘facing your fears’ as the pupils stood out front with a microphone in their hands and we ended up with fourteen superb presentations.
Young people developing the skills they’ll need for future success.
I’ll be back to see them again next year in Year 10!
A great day at Blue Coat Academy with their Year 9 pupils today. We got them to use design skills to create their own ideas from K’nex kits. They only had half an hour and it was wonderful too see what they came up with.
Employers want more kids to have experience and knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths so I would suggest they get more involved in school-based projects to give first-hand information and advice to our young people.
There was so much talent on show today that it was inspiring and gave me great hope for the future.