Greenfield Community School How we run successful ‘Work Placements’ Mike Worth – IBCC Coordinator Tim Jervis – Business Studies Teacher & University Counselor
IBCC International Baccalaureate Career-Related Certificate • The IBCC programme is a 2 year career-related programme for students aged16-19 • Offered by the IB (International Baccalaureate) • Aimed at students who are focused on career-related skills and a specific career path
Why work placement? • Academic learning on it’s own is not sufficient, it must be supported by applied knowledge • Students benefit from being involved in the ‘real world’...
Why work placement? • Gives students valuable experience they could not get at school • It helps to establish and confirm chosen pathways • Helps to develop confidence
The Learning Dimension • Students begin with a self analysis of skills and attributes • Diagnostic testing is carried out to determine possible careers based on identified skills & attributes • Students research possible careers based on results
What skills do you think you need to do these jobs? Architect Teacher Chef Research Scientist
What skills do you think you need to do these jobs? Travel agent Fashion designer Own your own Pizza Restaurant Nurse
What Qualifications do you think you need to do these jobs? Architect Teacher Chef Research Scientist
What Qualifications do you think you need to do these jobs? Travel agent Fashion designer Own your own Pizza Restaurant Nurse
Putting skills into action – Community & Service Dubai Marathon 2014
Work Skills: Business & C&S combined ‘mini enterprise’ project.
Relating Work Placements to Business Class • Engage and stimulate interest in the subject • Long-term memorisation of theory • All placements can relate to some areas of a syllabus: entrepreneurship, business communication, organisational structure
Relating Placements to Business Class Some placements lend themselves to specific topics: • A factory: operations management quality control, lean production, efficiency • A shop:the marketing mix, pricing strategy, target market, market research
Pre or Post Class Placement Teach content after or before the placement: Pre class placement: introduce a forthcoming topic. i.e. business communication Post class placement: teach content then the work placement confirms learnt content. i.e. organisational structure
Benefits for University/Job Applications • Provides ‘work experience’ example • Provides content for personal statement • Helps in differentiation of applicants • Provides ideas for course selection • Provides ideas for interview
Progression • Employment • Tertiary College • University
So you need to develop ‘transferable skills’
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