Macmillan Academy Post 16 offers experience of the world of work through various career sectors within the Professional Placement Programme. Complimentary to gaining valuable employability skills, Post 16 students are also given support on how to best prepare for recruitment and employability. One such activity offered is attendance at a Marks and Spencer Graduate Assessment Centre.
Students spend a day at Marks and Spencer on this graduate programme, being assessed on various individual and team based scenarios. These include a gruelling interview, role play, presentation and a group exercise. The day is mentally challenging and aims to prepare Post 16 students for future recruitment and success. They are measured on the transferability of their “soft skills,” ones which are developed at college, but demonstrated in the work place. These include problem solving, communication, team work, intelligence and enthusiasm and time management.
By bringing together employers and students through the Professional Placement Programme, we hope to provide the best chance of employment for our students. Students gain up to date knowledge of what employers are seeking when they recruit. We aim to demonstrate to employers that Post 16 students have the qualities and attributes suitable to their place of work, thus building stronger relationships with our business links and in our local community.
Students involved learn more about what is expected from them at interview and recruitment. They also benefit from feedback, advice and guidance. By widening access for Post 16 students to experience assessment centres, work experience and recruitment, Macmillan Academy hopes to maximise student ability to make well informed decisions and consequently become confident career planners of the future.
During Experience Week, the academy welcomed back 4 former students who spoke to Year 12 students and delivered sessions.
Last week, timetables were suspended for Year 12 students to take part in Experience Week, an opportunity to develop skills and learn about issues that can affect them as they go through life.
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