We are celebrating National Careers Week in schools and College Centres across the Trust by recognising the huge amount of work that goes on all year round to support the pupils and students prepare for the next stage after they leave formal education.
St Philip’s School in Chessington organises special interest careers trips with the aim of giving their learners experience of real-life working environments, specifically in sectors that they have shown an interest in pursuing.
They visited a local construction site ran by Countryside Construction and were taken around the building site. As well as learning about the stages of construction, the pupils had a chance to use a nail gun under supervision and try their hand at bricklaying. The visit inspired the pupils, particularly those who are planning to do a construction course at college.
The school are keen to broaden the opportunities for our young people in terms of careers and employment, and were pleased to welcome Sir Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrat party and their local MP in for a visit. Mr Davey spoke at length with both Mr Walsh and Miss Birkett, the Head of KS4 and Careers Lead about creating opportunities for young people with SEND. They discussed the current statistics surrounding adults with a learning disability in full-time paid employment and ways to create more opportunities for those with a learning disability to gain meaningful employment.