On Friday the 23rd of November a number of Bath College students and staff went over to Hayesfield Girls School for an employability day. The day aimed to provide pupils with more information about their post GCSE options, and over the course of the morning pupils attended different workshops and talks from employers, University students and College’s alike.
Post GCSE options can be a really daunting time for pupils, they face the prospect of the first real educational decision that they need to make for themselves about what they want to do with their future. Going to College can seem like a really big step, away from the comforts of School and into a brand new environment. This is why our staff and students were on hand to try and reduce the size that that step seems.
Over the morning Bath College students and staff delivered 4 workshops to students. A handful of Hair and Beauty students did some free hair curling whilst they talked about how they were finding the course and what they wanted to do after College. Two of our amazing Chef lecturers did a demonstration of a dessert with a flambé, whilst talking pupils through everything available on the Catering and Hospitality course. Complementary Therapy students gave out free hand and arm massages, allowing them to talk one on one with interested pupils about all the aspects of the course. Finally, Rob and Daisy, our Apprenticeship Gurus talked interested pupils through the steps to take to get onto an Apprenticeship.
Having small workshops means that pupils can talk to current College students in a more informal way, asking about College life as well as the course content. It also gives them a chance to see what skills they will learn at College via demonstrations of skill from current students. They could also engage directly with the College student’s enthusiasm for what they’re doing, by seeing current students enjoying what they’re studying rather than having a lecturer talk through course content. The pupils themselves were a little shy at first, but as the morning went on they grew more confident, asking questions and wanting to take part in the demonstrations. It was great to see the positive interactions between the two sets of students. Some of the Bath College students in attendance had actually completed their GCSE studies at Hayesfield school, and were able to talk to the current pupils on a one to one level about the transition from school to College.
Sarah Cooper, Bath College Schools Liaison Officer, oversaw the day. She was incredibly pleased with how the day progressed and the interaction between the staff, students and pupils, stating; “It was great to see so many Hayesfield students engaged in the Careers Day and getting a taste of different industries and careers. Students were really inspired by the various hands on workshops that the College provided.”
All in all, it was an incredible successful morning and we hope that we have helped to assure students that College is one of many fantastic options to start your future career. We look forward to working with Hayesfield in the future and we wish all the pupils success in their GCSE’s!