Y10 and Y11 Worldskills
46 pupils from Y10 and Y11 visited the Worldskills UK event at Birmingham’s NEC arena. Here they visited employment, further education and skills based stalls. The interactive activities, intelligent discussions, informative presentations and guidance will have helped the pupils become more aware of the opportunities that are available to them and the best approach in order to get there.
I learnt processes of packaging and I really enjoyed the day. I would recommend the day.
Joe Cebrero Yr 10
I learnt about the different areas of childcare and hospitality. I enjoyed the day, some areas were better than others. I learnt about what apprenticeships were.
Shona Byrne Yr 10
I’m glad I came, it was very enjoyable. I enjoyed looking at all the business stalls. I’m going to go home with a glittery uniform. I’d have liked to have been involved in the Army activities but I was wearing a skirt.
Ruby Sweeney Yr 10
10/10. We found Worldskills amazing. We really enjoyed taking part in the virtual reality task. We had a great day and I would recommend it. We would have liked to have had more time.
Jon Clarkson & George Alton Yr 10
We loved Worldskills and would give it a million out of 10. It gave us a lot of information on different jobs, careers and apprenticeships. We would recommend it for the whole year group to get this opportunity. Good freebies.
Caitlin Kelly & Molly Swindle. Yr 11
I really enjoyed seeing the Army event stage. It was really engaging and opened my eyes to what was involved being in the Army. I would recommend the day to other year 10 pupils.
Jesse O’Brien Yr 10
My favourite area was the mechanics section. I liked the small compact cars the best. I spoke to a member of staff from the Jaguar dealership and he talked to me about how to apply. When I turn 16 they will call me to find out if I am still interested in this career. I’m very excited about this. I really would recommend all pupils to have the opportunity to attend Worldskills.
Blazey Skrzydlak Yr 10
It was a great experience.
Ellis King Yr 11
It has been a good insight because it opened my eyes to what I wanted to do. I took a test and then it gave me jobs that best fit my personality. I liked this. I would come again.
Nathan Davis Yr 11
It’s been a good experience to have as it showed me the different jobs available to me. Thank you for organising this trip Miss.
Pearce McDonnell Yr 11
I had a fantastic day. I liked taking the personality test and it showed that I would suit a career in business.
William Richardson Yr 11
Please see the gallery below for photos of the visit.
Year 10 Lionheart Challenge
All year 10 pupils took part in the school heat of the national competition run by the Lionheart Challenge. They worked in teams of 10 and had to create a concept service (to help a disadvantaged local group), market it and calculate the finances. The teams were interviewed by a panel of judges and each team had to present their concept at the end of the day in front of the rest of their year group. The winning team will then go onto to represent OLCHS later in the year at the regional final. Quote from Lionheart
Feedback from Pupils
I really enjoyed the day. It also strengthened teamwork skills and taught us all how to listen to others and their ideas about our project. – Oliwia Siwiecka 10R
I really liked the fact I was able to express my opinion about real life situations and having a voice in how we executed our ideas. – Lucy Collins 10U
I really enjoyed the fact I could talk ideas through with my group and contribute to what everyone was doing. – Jack Ballard 10D
It was a chance for me to learn great skills for the future. The team was friendly and explained everything well. Overall a great day that will remain a brilliant experience. – Lois Turley 10L
It was a fun experience because we got to express our views and opinions in a supportive environment. We also got to talk to people that we don’t usually interact with. – Danny Kaur 10R and Diya John 10U
Heysham Power Station – Engineering Visit
Four Year 9 girls went to Heysham Power Station for a ‘Girls in Engineering’ visit. The purpose was to encourage girls into engineering careers and to show them what other careers are on offer. Highlights included a tour of the power station and an environmental task that involved powering the UK most efficiently. They were the only group to fulfil all the criteria.
It was a memorable day and I could see myself working in that Job – Mollie Jemson Y9
I found the tour informative and interesting. The task helped me understand what was needed to power the country – Rachael Leech Y9
I really enjoyed it and would like to go back. I would think about an apprenticeship there – Leah Highcock Y9
Enjoyable experience and I would recommend this trip to next year’s year 9 – Mariyah Patel Y9
RAF Careers Presentation
Former pupil Nathan Noblett delivered a presentation to Y11 pupils about life at Wellbeck Defence Sixth Form College, an RAF training college in Leicester. He spoke about the career opportunities available, the application process and the qualifications needed to be successful. The pupils benefited from Nathan’s first-hand experience and expertise.
It was so useful hearing about the process of applying for the RAF and what the career involves from someone who is actually living it right now. I was interested in the aerospace and engineering opportunities mentioned. The career path is so well thought out and I now know the next steps I would need to take. Harriet Seed Year 11
Year 11 Mock Interviews
On Tuesday 15th January our school hosted its very first mock interview evening for Year 11 pupils. Thirty-eight employers from across Lancashire bestowed us with their vast interviewing knowledge to ensure that the pupils were given a realistic and valuable experience. The pupils learned from current labour market information, career pathways and sector detail before deciding upon a job to be interviewed for. They also completed a CV. As the interview day drew closer, the pupils benefited from a session led by the ‘Department for Work and Pensions’ on how to give the best possible account of themselves in an interview situation, covering preparation, body language and tips on making the right impression. Some pupils were invited to a session led by ‘Talk the Talk’ focusing on how to talk positively about yourself and strategies to structure responses to interview questions.
The verbal and written feedback received by the pupils is likely to help them reflect on the encounter and better prepare them for their next interview situation.
Year 11 Mock Interview Feedback
On the whole, the talk session was extremely helpful as the techniques that we got shown were used in my interview. Also, the feedback I got overall was amazing. The experience made me grow in confidence and pride, despite that being one of my ‘weaknesses’ before the session. I am very grateful to school and the teachers involved for giving me this experience. Owen Martin
In my mock interview, I feel that the experience was positive. It gave us a taste of a real job interview. It taught us how we could possibly deal with nerves before a job interview and how we could make ourselves more confident before having to do a real job interview. Ewen Mansford
Personally, I believe that the mock interviews were a good insight as to what to expect when being interviewed in later life. They explored a number of aspects from what to wear, to how we should greet out interviewer. Overall they were very helpful. Elodie Chesworth
Overall, I think that the mock interviews went well as it gave me a realistic experience of how interviews that we face after school are like. I feel that I was positive. It helped that it wasn’t someone from out of school who did it as an unknown face is more realistic. The people that came in prior to the interview helped calm and prepare me for the interview. Ben Pomfret
In my mock interview I felt that my experience was very helpful in terms of practise for a real world experience. I felt it went very positively and I felt I was able to cope well under pressure; it has made me more confident. Owen Strickland
I think that the mock interviews went well and were beneficial as we gained experience on what a real interview may be like. I also feel more confident and I think it has taken pressure off a real world situation. It’s made me feel better by completing a real world interview. Rosie Gavell
On Tuesday I had my mock interview. Personally, I think that my interview was a success due to the questions that were asked being challenging and hard to answer. I had to think deeply and hard to answer them. I was very nervous before the interview due to me wanting to give off a good impression and to impress the employer. I was pleased with myself after my interview due to me being confident and sharing my personal qualities with the employer. Will McIntyre
I think that the mock interview was beneficial to get us ready for further interviews in the future. Before I went into the interview I was very confident because I had prepared beforehand. But after the interview it gave me more confidence for further interviews because it gave me experience of what the questions will be like, so it will give me time to prepare beforehand. But I can also prepare questions to give me more information on the job which shows that I am interested in the job which will make it more likely for me to get the job. Megan Kay
My interview was successful. I researched so I was prepared. The experience helped me to gain confidence made me feel like I can succeed when trying to secure a job in the future. Abi Whittell
Careers Week Y10 Employer Encounter
For their meaningful employer encounter as part of our school’s ‘Careers Week’, our Year 10 pupils were treated to a workshop in partnership with ‘The Department for Work and Pensions’ and the ‘National Health Service’ themed around job applications. The interactive experience developed our pupils’ awareness of the importance of ‘branding’ themselves correctly through the medium of an application form and personal statement. By responding to a mock job advert, our pupils were guided on how to avoid common application errors and how to best structure their experiences, skills and qualities to a person specification. Our pupils listened enthusiastically, held meaningful discussions with the employers and asked lots of probing questions.
The workshop was such a useful experience. David, the presenter was funny and engaging. I feel so much better prepared for my first job application now. Max Botes
It was great to get an insight into what lies in store for me in the future. This was so helpful. I feel more confident in the whole application process. Tayla Bolton
David was full of energy and made what could be a boring topic fun. I had a great time learning about what employers really want to see in a job application and am pleased that I’ve learned the things that can make an application be immediately rejected. Harry Wignall