What About Us? Work Experience
We interviewed two young men and asked them to give us some ideas about developments they would like to see in future in school and they both wanted to undertake further work experience.
Involvement with the What About Us? project, and the deployment of some project funding, enabled both young men to have staff support for this. Their work expereince placement was at a charity shop.
Both students were interviewed mid-way through the placement in order to gather their reflections. They were asked what they would change to improve on the work experience. One responded by giving his placement ‘nine out of ten’. When asked ‘what would make it a ten?’, he said that he wanted an opportunity to work on the cash register at the checkout. The next week, the member of support staff negotiated this opportunity for the students and the perfect score of ‘ten’ was achieved. One of these young men now plans to go on to work in retail.