Building towers, taking blood pressure and learning hair and beauty techniques were just a few of the practical activities undertaken by Year 10 students at a 'World of Work’ event that introduced them to potential careers.
The Royal Air Force, Anglian Water and Northamptonshire Pharmacies were just a few of the organisations who visited Brooke Weston. Students chose three of the 12 workshops on offer and many had hands-on tasks that gave a brief insight into different careers.
Flying Officers Tom Hayward and Guy Mabbott from RAF Wittering organised a teamwork PE session and building competitions where teams competed to construct the tallest free-standing tower. Fg Off Hayward said: ‘These tasks enabled students to interact, work as a team and achieve a common goal. We also conducted a question and answer session about our roles. Being in the RAF is a job like no other. If you are into sports or are quite an active person it is a better career than anything else I can think of.’
Delegates from Tresham College spoke to students about their hospitality and catering courses and demonstrated napkin folding and place setting. During a talk by Anglian Water students undertook tests for micro-organisms and tasted water samples. Other workshops focused on dentistry, construction, money management and apprenticeships.
Mr Mukesh Lad from Northamptonshire Pharmacies brought along blood pressure monitors, fat suits and a sample case of medicines. He said: ‘I talked about what students would need at GCSE and A Level to go into pharmacology. Pharmacists do much more than count tablets and stick labels on bottles. We carry out health checks and give advice on obesity, alcohol and smoking cessation. I have been impressed with the school, the behaviour and some of the questions the students have asked.’
Mrs Brown organised the event. She said: ‘This was one of many that I am hoping will take place this academic year and I am trying to make sure that each major area of industry is represented. The staff were amazing and the employers left feeling very happy. The students enjoyed the practical tasks. The hair and beauty talk was particularly well received, as were the ones on dentistry and pharmacology. The students really enjoyed the interactivity of some of the workshops and we have lots of ideas for future ones.’