Welcome to Critchill School Working Futures

“Helping young people gain employment and improve lives”

 

Our Working Futures Programme provides students with the aspirations, skills and experiences that they need to enter the world of employment.

Would you like to be involved in the Working Futures Programme?

We are keen to always keen to work with more local employers to find out what your needs are and how we can develop them in our students. By careful matching of skills to jobs and with support from our Working Futures team, we know that many of our students would make fantastic employees. If you would like to find out more or would like to be involved in this programme then please contact a member of our Working Futures team.

01373 464148 or email:  wfutures@critchillschool.com

Students visit a range of employers and experience different work environments. Each student is encouraged to build their own log of experiences and use them to develop a vocational profile of their skills and interests. Vocational profiles are used to help match students to appropriate work experience placements that they will enjoy and be successful at. We believe that job matching is crucial to creating sustainable and successful employment opportunities in the future.

Within the school curriculum all students begin their work experience working alongside Frome Town Rangers to look after the green spaces of Frome. Post 16 also manage and run a mobile catering van at Frome Market every week. In addition, when they are ready, students will attend work placements within the local business community, building confidence and the skills that our local employers need. Initially these placements are supported, but with the aim of students attending independently as their skills and confidence grow. This is bespoke to the needs of each student, and can be developed slowly or quickly. Some students may try a number of work placements to help develop their vocational profile whereas others will settle into an extended placement more quickly. Students regularly track, plan and review their work placements.

Supported internships are a proven successful and sustainable route into employment. An internship is an educational programme where the student spends most of the time with the employer, learning the job and the other skills they need to manage in the workplace independently. There is no timescale for completion, but it usually lasts about six months. The understanding is that on successful completion of the internship, the student can be offered a job with that employer.   Each internship will be bespoke to the development of the individual and the needs of the employer.

The ultimate goal of the Working Futures programme is for our students to gain the foundations for a lifetime of meaningful paid employment.