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Copleston High School

careers and work related opportunities

At Copleston our aim is for all students to make informed decisions about their subject choices and future pathways. We know that students are more engaged in education and highly motivated about their future when they have a clear understanding of themselves and how they might live and work when they leave school.

Our KS3 provision inspires students about new opportunities they might not have known about or thought they could not achieve. As students move to KS4 they will understand their own knowledge and skills and how they can be used in the workplace; so that by KS5 they understand how to progress in to higher education or work, whatever their age, ability or background. The aim is that our students improve their well-being through doing a job they are good at and enjoy.

At all stages, students are supported with making informed decisions about their subject choices and pathways. Each year group will take part in a virtual careers morning, broadening and raising aspirations, through exposure to a wide array of employers. 

The following information will help students to understand their options and the different paths to work, helping them get from where they are to where they want to go.

Please note:

For Autumn term 2020, onwards careers support is being provided by Mrs Witting jwitting@copleston.suffolk.sch.uk

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work experience

Work experience has historically taken place for a fortnight in June and provided year 10 students with wide ranging skills for life and to help them with their personal development as well as their post-16 choices. A wealth of local businesses and organisations have supported this scheme and it has been a huge success for all involved for many years.

Previous Work Experience 

Year 10 students completed their work experience in June 2019 and we had a lot of positive feedback about the students during their time at their placements.

Below is some of the positive feedback we have had.

“She really became one of the team and used her initiative remarkably well… we are missing her support this week!”
“Very adaptable and approachable. Shows maturity beyond his years”
“She has been enthusiastic and grown in confidence over the 2 weeks.”
“He was invited back multiple times to help with an online project which he carried out with enthusiasm and confidence.”
“Both her parents and her school should be very proud to send this capable and social lady out in to the world.”

For further information, please contact:

Jenna Witting- Work Experience Administrator
jwitting@copleston.suffolk.sch.uk
01473 277240 ext: 715
In the office Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Current information and advice (as of September 2020) please click on the links below

General help and information

Virtual work experience information and guidance, pros and cons and how to make the most out of a virtual placement https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/work-experience-and-internships/virtual-work-experience 

Virtual Work Experience: what is it and how it could work for you https://blogs.kcl.ac.uk/kingscareers/virtual-work-experience-and-where-to-find-them-mynextsteps/#.XvISXoeWx2s

Learn Live seeks to inspire the next generation through engaging and interactive live broadcasts. Learn Live have worked successfully with companies like The BBC, Balfour Beatty, Gatwick Airport, National Apprenticeship Service, Lancashire LEP, Network Rail, IBM, Health Education England and the NHS since 2015 to deliver careers advice, recruitment opportunities and health awareness broadcasts into schools and colleges across the UK. https://learnliveuk.com/channel/

Work Ready Virtual Experience: Developing soft skills virtually. We are offering a range of free virtual experiences which are designed to arm you specifically with the work-readiness skills that will help you to navigate these challenging times, and empower you to thrive as you seek and secure placements, internships and graduate roles.  https://www.theforage.com/virtual-internships/prototype/L58Wei4AJtiBcLznf/Work%20Ready%20Virtual%20Experience?utm_source=rmp-blog&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=rmp

A growing collection of bitesize videos for young people entering the world of work.
Skillsumo gives young people access to relevant and inspirational careers advice and features videos focussed on work inspiration, 21st century skills, career pathways, professional development and future trends.  https://watch.makematic.com/skillsumo

Free and simple to use, the site features over 1000 videos of real people talking about their careers – explaining their job role, career path and how different factors have shaped their choices. https://icould.com/