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Ashton Community Science College replicates job vacancy websites

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Ashton Community Science College replicates job vacancy websites

Not all students will have had the experience of applying for a job by the time they leave school and Ashton Community Science College identified this challenge and created an innovative way for their students to gain experience in doing so as they recruit their Student Leaders.

The Student Leader programme was fully revitalised in the first lock down. They decided that student leadership does not have to be just their Yr11, as it had been previously. They decided that by integrating the roles and responsibilities in Key Stage 3 and the expectations of what is required to be a student leader, would increase the uptake and provide students with a development programme, before reaching year 11. Through the school’s website, students can now see vacancies available in school along with a job description and application form.

Staff had clear aims in what they wanted the process to achieve:

  • Increase students’ capability and confidence of applying for colleges, universities, apprenticeships, and jobs in the future.
  • Explore ways in which students can improve their application and therefore develop a targeted approach for certain students who may lack experience and a certain set of skills.
  • Allow teachers to identify skill gaps and implement into the curriculum via the Skills Builder framework.
  • Identify any extra curriculum activities student are involved with and allows teachers to share this with other students.

Each student leadership role had a job description and application form for the roles identified and students were told about the application process. The website replicated the format used by current job vacancy websites. Social media and newsletter played a part in these key comms to both students and parents. The Careers Advisor was also included and provided personalised tips and feedback on their applications.

Interested applicants had to click on the website to access a Microsoft Form in which students added their cover letter. Click on the image to see what this looks like.

Ashton Community Science College are proud of the number of successful applications, the increase of students’ knowledge of a job application process with students gaining responsibility and therefore confidence in these roles. This is what the Careers Leader had to say:

I think contacting home about the vacancies really made an impact. We sent a letter to all students, this then engaged parents, but also posted on social media and our school website.

The idea that a student leader job role has to be applied for each year and that students can change job roles is still something we feel is extremely beneficial and links to life after ACSC, when they join the world of work.

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