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Employer Engagement Events at Furze Platt Senior School

January – March 2019

The school will be running three major employer engagement events over the next three months. These events are designed to give students an opportunity to meet and work with employers and those in the world of work, to develop their own skills, and to start thinking about their own futures.

The three events are:

  1. Learning to Work Careers Challenge – Friday 18th and Monday 21st January

All of Year 11 and Year 12 will attend this event, as will those students in Year 13 not planning to go to university. Each group of students will be off-timetable for two hours. It is being run by an organisation called Learning to Work. The broad outline of the two hours is:

Overview of the purpose of the workshop and business volunteers

Ice breaker

Exploring future careers pathways – including university and degree apprenticeships

What is your financial personality and attitude to risk

Top 10 financial terms

Questions and answers with business volunteers

  1. World of Opportunity Bridge-Building Challenge - Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th February

This event is for the whole of Year 10 and is being run by Jacobs plc, is a global provider of technical, professional, and scientific services, including engineering, architecture, construction, operations and maintenance. Each group of students will be off-timetable for two hours.

Students will take part in a project which simulates the building of a brand new footbridge to be constructed over the M4. The students will develop and utilise life skills such as project management, team working, communications and presentation skills in the design, construction and pitching of the build to a panel of experts.  Pupils must factor in parameters such as budget, environmental impact, accessibility and the needs of the local and national community. 

Teams will physically construct their bridge and justify the design and proposed location to a panel of experts.  Our panel will be looking for innovative design and careful consideration of the environmental impact as well as impact on local residents.  The winning team will take their bridge design on to the regional final.

  1. Heathrow Lego Mindstorm Coding Challenge - Tuesday 11th- Wednesday 12th March

This event is for the whole of Year 8, and is led by Heathrow Airport.  Now in its tenth year, the Challenge is an exciting activity that supports the skill of programming, an increasingly important area of the curriculum that will underpin careers of the future.

The Challenge is a workshop for Year 8 students delivered in schools in the boroughs of Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Slough, South Bucks, Spelthorne and Windsor & Maidenhead.  The programme is provided by Heathrow and the sessions are run by a team of two people from Learning to Work, a not-for-profit organisation working for the benefit of local young people, schools, colleges and businesses to deliver educational activities in schools. The programme is designed to:

  • Encourage Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths study and careers.
  • Introduce students to the Heathrow Apprenticeship scheme, and understand the skills and knowledge required to work at the airport.
  • Develop skills for the world of work including: communications, team working and confidence building.