In March, over 200 students visited local workplaces as part of a ‘Work Inspiration Week.’ The students went to a range of exciting employers to gain first-hand experience of working life. Kirk Balk Academy were excited to be the first Barnsley secondary school to take part in the pilot project supported by Barnsley Council’s ‘More and Better Jobs’ initiative.
The half-day visits to employers from different sectors including retail, museums, landscaping, colleges and more which were all aimed at helping young people understand the world of work and it provided a valuable opportunity to gain an understanding of the wide variety of job roles within different sectors and companies. The local businesses provided tours of their facilities, careers information and an interactive activity to demonstrate how a business functions.
Some of the activities included: attending a press conference at Barnsley FC, redesigning an activity area within Cannon Hall parklands, practicing their debating skills at MKB Solicitors, trying their hand at construction with Berneslai Homes, learning about the support functions in education at Barnsley College, improving their employability skills at The Source and a behind the scenes and rooftop tour at Meadowhall.
One of the employers, Enzygo (an environmental consultancy company), challenged students to build a new school and explore flood defences. One parent fed back to the company, “my daughter enjoyed the experience, she hasn’t stopped talking about this trip. She particularly enjoyed the tasks they were set and now wants to become a landscape architect. Thank you for providing her with this opportunity, which has opened her eyes to a potential career path”.
Students thoroughly enjoyed their visits and comments included, “it was great to show how subjects I study at school link to employment” and “it helped me to make decisions for my future career.”
Kirk Balk Academy would like to thank Barnsley Council and the following employers who supported Work Inspiration Week: Barnsley College, Cannon Hall Museum, Enzygo, MKB Solicitors, Barnsley FC, Berneslai Homes, The Source and Meadowhall. We truly appreciate the time and support they gave to our students and the invaluable experience provided.