Preparation for university and employment is an integral part of the Sixth Form programme at Tytherington Sixth Form.
Employability or work-readiness is becoming more and more important to universities and employers. Whilst qualifications remain essential, with very few exceptions, they are no longer the only consideration.
By gaining work experience in relevant sectors students can gain a real advantage when applying for university or employment. While on work experience students are able to talk with and observe skilled and qualified people who can give them a clear idea of what the job involves. It is an opportunity to network and find contacts, develop interpersonal skills and show initiative, independence and other key employability skills.
Taking personal responsibility for finding the placement and researching higher education and career paths is an important part of the process. We provide support and inspiration in school and parents, no doubt, do the same, but we expect students to be proactive in finding the placement and to apply / make initial contact themselves – and they learn a great deal from doing so.
The students attend an initial assembly about the process and we organise regular tutorials to help those students who require support. We also have a group of local businesses who offer placements to students each year. If students are having any difficulties with the process, there is plenty of help available.
There are two pathways for work experience: either a weekly/fortnightly placement or a block placement. If students are taking BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care, they are required to complete a weekly placement. This needs to be in their chosen area of study; so, for example, a student completing the Health and Social course may choose to volunteer at a local hospital, medical centre, Special school or care home. Finance and STEM Academy students take part in a paid internship programme, which consists of a six-week placement, starting at the end of the summer term and finishing part way through the summer holidays.
Students interested in a career in Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry also need to complete a weekly or fortnightly placement, preferably in a variety of settings, in order to ensure that their university application is considered favourably.
All other students complete a block placement, this year commencing on July 15th to the 20th 2019.
Self-placement forms are available below or from Mrs McPike, the Sixth Form Administrator.