Careers Award for Swansea School
A secondary school in Swansea is celebrating after winning the prestigious Careers Wales Mark for the first time.
The award, which recognises a commitment to continuously improve standards within an educational institute, was given to Pentrehafod School for its dedication and enthusiasm in preparing and supporting young people who are entering the world of work or continuing with their education.
Working with Careers Wales, the school carried out an audit of its careers and world of work curriculum and identified areas for improvement, which led to the creation of a development plan. The development plan included piloting the Education Business Exchange (EBE) which supports schools with enriching the curriculum and bringing subject areas to life by linking schools with employers and organisations.
The EBE resource enabled Pentrehafod to bring a range of employers across different sectors into subject areas to deliver careers and employability workshops and activities. These activities helped the pupils to understand the relevance of school subjects in the workplace, to learn more about the skills and attitudes required for a successful transition from school to the world of work and to encourage all pupils to reach their potential.
Jo Bamsey, KS4 Co-ordinator, said: “"We are very pleased to accept the Careers Wales Mark which serves to recognise the strong links between the school and our partners at Careers Wales. As a school, we are passionate that every student should reach his or her full potential, and we are committed to working with Careers Wales to ensure that Careers-Education is embedded across the curriculum, particularly in relation to employer-engagement."
Nikki Lawrence, Chief Executive at Careers Wales said: “We are delighted that Pentrehafod School has achieved the Careers Wales Mark which clearly demonstrates a commitment to delivering high quality careers education. We are particularly pleased with the way the school has made effective use of Education Business Exchange, which has enabled them to engage with leading employers to provide young people with valuable experiences of the world of work.”
For more information on the Careers Wales Mark or the Education Business Exchange (EBE), please visit www.careerswales.com or call 0800 028 4844 to speak with your regional Careers and World of Work Co-ordinator.