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Over the Summer holidays JCP ran 2 new Employability Programmes. Ten year 10 students took part from St Edmund Campion Catholic School. The first programme saw the students complete a Silver Crest Award that is designed to inspire people to think and behave like scientists and engineers.

The project set was to ‘Produce a tender for an Ecological Mitigation Site’ In the students plan, they needed to include: a bat house, Great Crested Newt pond, Planting and a community area.

Working on this project they gained an insight into the construction industry and the different roles available. It gave them a chance to work in a team, they all took individual job roles and spoke to staff holding that role to find out what work they needed to do for the team. To further support this work, they heard from a few professionals & completed site visits.

The 2nd programme was designed to give students an idea of work available in the manufacturing industry and included a site visit to Jaguar Land Rover – Castle Vale site where they talked about their apprenticeship opportunities.

Barclays Digital Eagles ran two coding sessions.

1.Students learnt how to code a BBC micro: bit which is a mini, programmable computers designed to inspire students to develop creative and digital skills through coding.

2.The second session saw them create an online video game using Scratch which is an excellent way of teaching students about visual programming languages through making their own stories, games and animations, as well as building creativity and problem-solving skills

They received a tour of the EEF premises and heard from apprentices from different employers that included Jaguar Land Rover who talked through their experiences and gave their advice using their experiences of attending college, sixth form, university and now being an apprentice.

All the students who took part in these two programmes were really engaged and were excellent ambassadors for their schools and they were an absolute pleasure to work with. They all wanted to do more of these programmes and would have continued doing more in the holidays –Yes, they were happy to give up their school holidays!

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