Work Experience Case Studies
The Long Term Placement Experience. - Increasing Self belief and Self Esteem.
Bespoke Cleaning Company
In Year 12 X began a weekly work experience with a local cleaning company, Bespoke Cleaning. The role was in an administrative support capacity and X undertook a great variety of different tasks including stocktaking and a complete reorganisation of the stock room, learning about health and safety procedures and testing electronic equipment, calling third party organisations and most notably acting as a mentor for a young person with MLD. X excelled and began looking forward to attending each week.
At the same time X began a City and Guilds in Plumbing at Barnet
College where he performed outstandingly in all aspects of this course . X particularly enjoyed the practical elements and was often asked to demonstrate his skills by his tutor to his peers. Both experiences developed confidence and skills and opened up further possibilities for X in mainstream settings.
Towards the end of Year 12 X became motivated to pursue his dream of a career in Engineering further and applied for a Level 2 BTEC Engineering Course at Barnet College. The college however identified he would be better suited to the Level 3 BTEC award. X is now in his first year of the course and plans to gain an engineering apprenticeship when he leaves school
The THSL Internship Experience - Exploring Career Options
THSL Teaching Assistant Internship
X applied for an Internal Teaching Assistant Internship. One of a number of internal placements that THSL is able to offer to its students. X has worked with a range of classes in the school and is able to support our younger members of the school community with their work and as a mentor in the classroom.
X also has a strong interest in animals and so THSL Careers secured a weekly work experience placement for X at a local city farm. His roles included cleaning, feeding and grooming the animals.. This was followed by further work experience at a local private aviary where the tasks included cleaning and feeding the birds. Building on X’s interests, THSL enrolled X on a day release course at the highly acclaimed Capel Manor for a weekly day release animal care course. Although X thoroughly enjoys his time there ultimately he felt he would like to pursue a career as a teaching assistant.
To broaden his school work placement experience X is currently in a successful placement with another local school which also caters for students aged 5-19 with a primary diagnosis of autism. This has reinforced X’s wish to work with young people in an education setting and X plans to enrol on a Level 1 Childcare course next year with Barnet College.
The THSL Week Long Work Experience Placement - Building Confidence
The House of Commons
X is in Year 11 and personally approached the House of Commons for a work experience placement as part of their one week placement service. X worked in the Inclusion and Diversity Department under an assigned supervisor. The department was very impressed with his mature attitude and the experience proved to be hugely confidence building for X.
The Inclusion and Diversity team are currently working on delivering autism awareness and disability training for its staff and were very interested in listening to X’s experiences. The team was in fact so impressed with X that they have asked to visit the school to listen to X and his class present to their team about neurodiversity.
This experience has been integral in building X’s Self esteem and he is now ready and looking forward to further work experience placements.