In order to make informed decisions at the Link School we believe that students should have maximum exposure to college and work placement. This ensures they aspire to fulfil their potential and are informed about their next steps.
All Sixth Form students spend one day per week at Nescot College, a local FE provider. The vocational taster session are the same in content as those offered to full-time students at Nescot and include catering, animal care and construction. This provides a fantastic opportunity for students to experience college life, try out different courses, and develop independent skills such as travel-training and buying their own lunch.
Work experience was conducted in school during the pandemic. Students could apply for a number of different roles including: assisting the site manager, working in the office, or supporting the therapy team creating resources. This proved successful and in the future students will continue to work in school to gain experience of different roles. In addition, we work with local employers to enable the students to spend at least 5 days undertaking work experience. This has previously included work as customer service assistants at Pets at Home and the Co-Op, gardening at Sears Park and catering assistants at independent cafés.
We have also identified students who might benefit from more time with employers and they may spend a half day gaining further insight.