The Employer Engagement project is now in full swing and impact is being felt in both Watermill and Kemball Schools. The project aims to help pupils understand more about the world of work that is open to them when they have finished education.

Pupils across key stage 3 and 4 are experiencing a range of work encounters with employers including Stoke City Council, Stoke City Football Club, intu Potteries, Wedgwood, Alton Towers and East Midlands Airport. It is hoped that by the end of this academic year all pupils in key stage 3 and 4 will have been on at least one work encounter through.

Year 11 pupils are out of school on work placements in a range of environments including a pet hotel, cafe, hairdressers, a bike repair shop, Forest Park School and the soon to be converted, Etruscan Primary School. Feedback from pupils, their support workers, employers and parents has been overwhelmingly positive. By the end of this school year it is hoped the majority of pupils in key stage 4 will have had a work experience placement.

In February the project was inspected by its funding body, the Department for Education and the local Opportunity Area Team. They met pupils from both Watermill and Kemball school as well as parents, support staff and employers. They were most impressed with the project and especially the pupil’s attitude towards work and their aspirations for the future.

If, as a member of the Orchard Community Trust family, you feel able to offer a work placement to one of our pupils you can get more information from Cath Bridgeman:

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