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June 7, 2019

Y10 Work Experience

Work experience gives pupils a chance to sample the future

PUPILS from Year 10 at Fearns got a taste of future careers.

They spent time out of school to try a variety of different vocations as part of work experience including the planning department of Rossendale Council and a solicitor’s office.

Kalumn Ridgway, 15, is hoping to go into the RAF after A levels and joined the council planning department where he said he learnt organisational skills.

He said: “I did some copying and also went out on site visits to assess planning applications. I helped out assessing the risks and I identified that part of a proposed extension was going too far out.”

The legal world beckoned for Amy Evans, 15, who joined Winter Solicitors in Bacup.

She said: “I am thinking about studying criminal psychology and solicitor Ruth Winter was really nice and friendly. I got to file and learn and understand more about cases.”

Sports Leader Lizzy Mawson, 15, had a hectic week helping Nathan Bibby from Rossendale Schools Sports Partnership to arrange primary school sporting competitions in netball, cricket, gymnastics and golf.

She said: “I learnt to use my own initiative, because when Mr Bibby was busy, I had to work out what needed to be done.

Meanwhile John Westwell, 15, learnt more about a traditional trade of plumbing when he joined Stanley Jacks in Bacup.

Careers Co-ordinator Mrs Bollard-Wilkes went to visit the pupils at their chosen places of work during the course of the week.

She said: “This is an invaluable experience for them and will hopefully give them a boost to achieve now they have had a taste of what is to come when they leave Fearns in just over a year.”