In March a group of Year 10 students were involved in a 6 week project and were mentored by staff from the Department of Work and Pensions at Peel Park.
The aim of the project was to engage with youngster’s to instil a positive attitude towards work, introduce young people to what a workplace is and how it works .To demonstrate what it takes to be a successful and valuable member of a team.
Each week the students learnt different aspects of working life, they were shown around a working Government office. They learnt about customer service and how to meet the customer’s needs. A valuable element of the programme was C.V writing and the opportunity to experience a real life interview with staff from DWP. The students gained immensely from this and were given detailed feedback on how they’d done. Cameron Nice said,’ I found the interviewing and cv writing really useful.’
Over the 6 weeks they were split into two teams and worked on a task to produce a new sport clothing line and a recreational park for young people. On the final week they presented their ideas in Dragons Den style to a group of dignitaries including the Mayor for Fylde and a former Blackpool football player. Each group spoke to pitch money from each, ‘Dragon’ both successfully attracted £20,000 for each project and both teams were presented with a plaque. All the students really enjoyed their 6 weeks and Rebecca Horrigan said it was really useful. DWP AND South Shore Academy are hoping to work together on future projects.