In December, Blatchington Mill held Year 11 Enterprise Day. The idea of the day was to prepare year 11 students for the working world, helping them with essential skills to take to the work place or further education.
The day consisted of a series of talks, workshops and a careers fair which was visited by businesses and organisations who came to Blatchington Mill to talk to the students about their post 16 options.
Workshops included topics such as interview skills, CV writing/application letter writing, urban design, becoming an architect, getting the job, good first impressions and becoming an entrepreneur. We received a lot of positive feedback from the year 11s, many of whom said that they found the interview skills workshop the most useful as well as meeting and talking with local organisations such as Sussex Police, Plumpton College, DV8 and SW Training Centres for apprenticeships. It was also great to have been visited by local charity organisation, The Rocking Horse Appeal, who held a stall at the careers fair and spoke to students about charity work.
Year 11s were able to gain insight into what it would be like working as an apprentice in the construction industries and explore the route of entry into architecture. Furthermore, they could find out what a career in farming would entail and even talk to members of the armed forces – the most popular stall at the careers fair appeared to be Sussex Police, with many students interested in what it takes to become an officer of the law!
In the afternoon, an enterprise task took place which entailed all students creating their own business and presenting them to other students in a ‘Dragons Den’ exercise which concluded a successful and information packed day!