Academy pupils get taste of world

PUPILS from The Discovery Academy have spent a week getting to grips with real work skills at Stoke on Trent College in everything from bricklaying to motor vehicle maintenance.

As the key sponsor of The Discovery Academy, Stoke on Trent College recently welcomed around 65 Year 10 pupils into both its Cauldon and Burslem Campuses, where they had a chance to take part in sessions in subjects ranging from sport and hospitality to health and social care, hair and beauty, construction, media and performing arts.

Andy Greenhough, Director of Employer Engagement at the college, said: “The idea of the week was to tie in with their school work experience, so with the school we identified a range of vocational tasters they could do so they could get a good insight into a particular area of work.

“We offered a range of tasters in areas the pupils had expressed an interest in, and they then went away and picked two and a half days of experience in one area and another two and a half days in another area.

“Hopefully they enjoyed them and now have a better idea if a particular career they’re thinking of is the right one for them or not.

“All the experiences were very hands-on, from fitting tyres to actually laying bricks, and so far the feedback we’ve had from them has been very positive.

“The week was also good timing for them, as they are already looking towards applying to college in November, ready to start the following year.”

Some feedback from the Discovery Academy pupils:

Sam Sims said: “I really loved learning how to plaster walls – I want to do this as a full time job.”

Jay Tilestone said: “I really enjoyed the motor vehicle workshop as we learned how to take wheels off and fix them.”

Zac Marsh said: “I really enjoyed spray painting cars and all the motor vehicle workshops.”

Gregory Street said: “The best things about the week were the people, the technology, the valuable experience I’ve gained and I’ve learnt how a radio station works.”

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