This summer our Career Academy students were able to experience work in a variety of real care settings. They went to Care Homes, Day Care Centers, hospital wards and had the chance to work closely with the service users. They gained a fantastic experience which has enabled them to develop important skills and knowledge that will be invaluable to them when applying for either university, apprenticeships or jobs in the future.
This opportunity was made possible as a result of a Career Academy LAB meeting in which a contact at Gateway to Care, Kirklees was given to me. After an extremely positive meeting we were able to provide Internships for all our Health and Social Care Career Academy students. Gateway also provided us with a link worker, Nancy Redhead who was a constant support to the students throughout their time in the placements.
Nancy was extremely impressed with the students and feels that we will be able to build on the provision for next years students. She said;
“The managers feel it has been a good experience all round. On each Of my visits over the four weeks the feedback has been that they have really fitted in well and have taken an active part in the day to day activities, asked appropriate questions and have enjoyed being with the clients”
Unfortunately the students did not recieve any payment but with support from the St. John Fisher Association we secured funding to cover their travel expenses. We are also in the process of deciding which of the students will be awrded a prize for the most commitment and dedication to their Internship. Which i being kindly donated by DHL, the courier company and presented at the Kirklees Grant Makers Alliance Awards Ceremony in October. Watch this space to find out the winner!
We are about to enlist students for this years Career Academy and Emily Smith, our regional manager is coming to talk to the students about the Career Academy experience. In my view they should grab the opportunity with both hands as it is proving to grow from strength to strength giving students a competitive advantage in the present difficult climate.