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Careers & Work Experience

Our Work Experience Co-ordinator & Careers Advisor at GANF is Jo Corrall.
To contact Jo please email jo.corrall@ganf-cit.co.uk or call 01476 564957.

We aim to give all pupils aged 14-19 the opportunity to gain an insight into the world of work through work experience placements within the community, internally in GANF, through work place visits and locally organised career events.

The Work Experience/Career Offer at GANF during COVID-19 Restrictions
Work Experience and Employment Engagement

Currently our practical Work Experience and Employer Engagement programmes are on hold. However, we continue to deliver and support the development of employability skills.

As soon as we are able to get back into the Community we will be opening up Work Experience Placements once again.

In the meantime, please look out for our Virtual Employer tours in the New Year.

Curriculum
Whilst we cover many life and living skills across our curriculum,
the vocational options that pupils take, help develop their knowledge and skills in order to prepare them for future employment

Option subjects are as follows:

Ambergate

BTEC – Travel and Tourism
BTEC – Health and Social Care
BTEC – Sport and Active Leisure
AIM Qualifications – Skills for Working in Creative and Design Industries
AIM Qualifications – Skills for Working in Catering and Hospitality Industries
AIM Qualifications -Skills for Working in Horticulture Industries

Sandon

AIM Qualifications – Skills for Working in Catering and Hospitality Industries
AIM Qualifications -Skills for Working in Horticulture Industries
The OCR Life and Living Skills Qualification and the PSHE curriculum provide the foundation for the development of skills required for adulthood.

Careers support

We are working closely with Outside Agencies to support our Careers programme through Virtual Information Assemblies as well as Practical Virtual Workshops

Ambergate Post 16/Sandon Leavers
We know that this is a very difficult time for those pupils who are looking to move on and we are available to give help and advice with regards to those transitions. Pupils, Parents and Carers are directed to the Virtual Open Days organised by our local Colleges and local Post 16 providers.


This is an ever-changing situation and we are continuing to look at different ways in which we can support our Careers Programme during this uncertain time. Should you have any queries please feel free to contact;
Sara Ellis, Assistant Headteacher – Sandon
Jo Corrall, Careers Advisor and Work Experience Co-ordinator – Ambergate

As part of the learning programme it helps pupils to:

Experience work firsthand

Understand how employers work

Experience social relationships at work

Develop skills and knowledge for adult life

Appreciate expectations that employees will have of fellow workers

Assess how to adapt to working patterns and relationships outside of school

Gain the self-confidence needed in the adult world to increase self-esteem and self-worth

The Work Experience Co-ordinator organises the placement which is then approved by the Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business partnership. Once consent letters have been received from parent/carers the placement is then confirmed.

Work experience opportunities are advertised, pupils complete application forms and go through an interview process. We also work with pupils to organise more personal placements.

A Work Experience TA is available to support pupils and will accompany those who may require it.

During the period of work experience the pupil is required to complete a work experience log book provided by the school. The work experience co-ordinator will visit the pupil during their time on placement and will keep a record of this. All employers complete a short report on each pupil at the end of the placement.

Work experience placements usually last for either one full day or ½ a day a week for 6 weeks, however extended work experience may be offered to pupils to support engagement or to enable them to enroll on a specific course at college.

Current external opportunities:

Hope Café

The Co-op

McDonalds

Asda

Children’s Day Nursery

Little Gems Gift Shop (Grantham College)

Downtown Garden Centre

Sue Ryder Charity Shop

Maidenhead Aquatics

Grantham Food Bank

Local Care/Nursing Homes

Grantham Tennis Centre

We also have strong links with many other local businesses such as motor mechanics, opportunities to work with animals and Grantham Museum. Our aim is to ensure that the work experience we offer meets individual needs, as such we can organise one off experiences and recently had a visit from a local ice cream van.

Internal opportunities:

Building and ground maintenance

Assisting in the lower school classes

Assisting with lower school sports/PE

Reception

School transport valeting

Work Place Visits

Alongside the work experience placements we also organise work place visits. These are one off visits for either pupils who are not yet ready to participate in the work experience programme, or to visit employers who wish to support our programme, but are unable to offer ongoing work placements.

These visits have been hugely successful, at giving pupils an insight into the day to day workings of various companies. So far we have visited:

The RSPCA in Radcliffe on Trent
Macdonald’s in Grantham
Job Centre in Grantham
Western Power Station
Yorkshire Bank
Siren Radio in Lincoln

We also have lots of other exciting visits lined up for the rest of this academic year.

Pupils visit Western Power
Dogs Trust Visit
Grantham McDonalds Visit

Careers Events

Pupils also have the opportunity to attend various careers events. These events are supported by businesses/employers to give an insight into different areas of local employment. The days are very hands on and pupils get a practical taste of different job opportunities that perhaps they had not thought of before.

Recent career days attended:
Construction Day
Field to Fork

Click on the image to read about Construction Day.

School Based Work-Related Opportunities/
Mini Enterprise Activities

GANF pupils are involved in various curriculum related and mini enterprise activities:
Jubilee Centre Coffee Shop run by Post 16 Hospitality
Post 16 Horticulture Mini Enterprise
Ambergate Mini Enterprise lunch club

The Post 16 Hospitality group based at Sandon School run a coffee shop two mornings a week at the Jubilee Centre in Grantham. They prepare food on school premises which they then take to the coffee shop where they serve tea, coffee and a selection of cakes, biscuits and paninis.

This supports the Post 16 Hospitality curriculum and qualification in Hospitality that they are working towards, as well as giving pupils work experience and supporting the development of valuable life skills. All the pupils in Hospitality are supported in gaining a Food Hygiene Certificate which, enables them to run the café.

The Post 16 Horticulture Group at Sandon grow flowers and vegetables, which they sell as part of a mini enterprise. These activities support their Horticulture qualification that they are working towards.

At Ambergate a mini enterprise lunch club runs every week and pupils have worked hard to organise and put on two very successful events. These activities require them to work as part of a team, and use their communication and organisational skills to achieve an end goal.

Click on an image to read a case study.

As you can see we have a very wide range of activities on offer, requests from pupils can be wide ranging and we are always on the lookout for new and exciting placements and projects, if you think you can help please don’t not hesitate to contact us.

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Jo Corrall
Jo.corrall@ganf-cit.co.uk
Exams Officer/Careers Advisor/Work Experience Co-ordinator

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