The Applied Learning Day this term saw Year 12s in competition to prove ‘Apprentice-Style’ who has what it takes to make a splash in the world of work, and get them considering their next move after 6th form.
The morning started with a presentation of ‘Unifrog’ an online career tool for investigating university courses and apprenticeships – and then the main event of the day commenced:
The students were split into teams and set challenges by visitors from Atkins and EDF energy. As they came up with solutions to real-to-life questions each individual was observed and graded by the employers:
- EDF set a challenge to design a sustainable community on a sparsely populated island
- Atkins asked students to design safety features to overcome the dangers of unmanned railway crossings
The finale for each challenge was for the students to present their solutions to the group and employers.
It was an interesting listening to our visitors running through their observations of individuals and groups of students, and they had quite a hard time coming up with the winners of the competition as there were so many strong candidates. The ‘You’re Hired’ Facebook page holds the announcement:
“Well done to everyone at Coombe Dean School who completed the EDF Energy & Atkins challenges, a really great school with some very worthy winners.”
The winners were:
We look forward to hearing of future successes in the Final in June.