Work Experience Evening at St Luke’s School

Nov 22, 2019 | Jenni Ashford

St Luke’s School Exeter has been working with The Careers and Enterprise Hub to strengthen links with the local community and businesses to create a platform for students to understand more about careers and the journey towards the workplace.

Chris Jones, General Manager of Exeter Golf and Country Club is an Enterprise Adviser for The Careers Hub at St Luke’s School, alongside James Tomkins, Chief Architect at The Met Office. Earlier this year, Chris and James, with colleagues from both organisations, participated in a four-hour workshop for all Year 11 students. They interacted with small groups discussing the importance of presentation, communication and preparation when entering the workplace, whether for part-time jobs whilst at college, apprenticeships, or full-time employment.

Chris and the team at Exeter Golf and Country Club has also worked with Clyst Vale School and West Exe School. Over the past year, Exeter Golf and Country Club has employed three young people who previously completed their work experience placements at the club across golf, kitchens and fitness.

The Work Experience Launch took place on Thursday 21st November, with 200 parents and Year 10 students. Mat Kelly, Careers Leader and Head of Year 10, organised the event to emphasise the importance of gaining work experience and to enable students to gain knowledge, guidance and confidence as part of the programme.

A number of local organisations took part in the presentation and workshops, including Exeter Golf and Country Club, The Met Office, Currere Performance Coaching, Devon County Council, Willmott Dixon, Redhawk Events, Vinci, Proud to Care Devon and Smithkinbaker.

Exeter Golf and Country Club’s workshop team introduced their work experience package which can include fitness, sports, maintenance, hospitality and kitchens.

Lee Cooke, Fitness Manager explained to the group how the students are encouraged to work with the gym team, learning about personal training, inductions and by the end of the week sometimes even leading a fitness class. Richard Sweeney, Food and Beverage Manager advised about working front of house and in the kitchens, in the restaurant, bar and events environments.  Jenni Ashford, Marketing Manager talked about the importance of marketing different areas of the business and how this could be added on to this on within the work experience placements if of interest to the students.

The club has committed to only accepting students from St Luke’s during their chosen work experience week. However in total across the summer term, the club takes around 20 young people from all the schools in Exeter.

Chris Jones, General Manager said, “Having working with St Luke’s several times over the last year, we are really impressed with how the school is moving forward. The Work Experience Launch evening demonstrated the enthusiasm of the students and their parents. It is inspiring to see young people who are motivated, interested and ready to achieve. With such passionate and committed teachers such as Mat Kelly supporting them, the students are in pole position to get the most from their work experience and beyond.”

Exeter Golf and Country Club are continuing to work with the Careers and Enterprise Hub hosting two events in March and June as part of the Skills Builder Partnership. The Partnership brings together 800+ organisations and 10,000+ educators around a common approach, helping 200,000+ learners of all ages build the eight essential skills to succeed.

Mat Kelly, St Luke’s School said, “I want to say a huge thank you to the organisations who contributed to last night’s event. I thought it went really well and the students will benefit massively from their support and expertise. The panel were amazing, I think the messages that the students and parents got was spot on and all of the workshop sessions were engaging and informative.”

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