St Helena : St Helena: STUDENTS EXPERIENCING THE WORLD OF WORK
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 27.07.2013 (Article Archived on 24.08.2013)
Thirty-two year 11 students of Prince Andrew School have from 1 July volunteered to take part in the work experience programme provided by the Adult Vocational Education Service ...
EXPERIENCING THE WORLD OF WORK
Thirty-two year 11 students
of Prince Andrew School have from 1 July volunteered to take part in the work
experience programme provided by the Adult Vocational Education Service (AVES).
Having completed their compulsory schooling and GCSE examinations - for the
next six weeks these students will be working in various organisations across
the Island. A number of these students have decided to work for St Helena
Government and related bodies - including in the Police Directorate,
Environmental Management Directorate (EMD), Primary Schools, and Health and
Students have also shown interest
in the Tourist Office, a part of Enterprise St Helena, which has a strong link with
The experience gained from working
in these Directorates will give students an insight into an actual working
environment, providing them with more knowledge and experience about the career
path they might choose.
We caught up with two students on
Alexandria Thomas (photo attached)
has an interest in tourism and has chosen to work five days a week in the
Tourist Office, Jamestown. Alexandria says that so far her work is satisfying,
but she has a challenge to overcome her shyness and become more confident. At
the end of the programme, Alexandria will have gained experience of what is
like to be in the working world, and then hopes to work towards a career in
travel and tourism.
Another student, Candice Thomas
(photo attached), chose to work at Pilling Primary School as she would like to
have a future in teaching. Being a former student of Pilling Primary, Candice
is familiar with her working surroundings. Candice enjoys working three days a
week and has learnt how to cope with different behaviours and how to be a good
role model to those younger than her. Candice is sure that the work experience
programme will help to prepare her for the future, as she is also interested in
counselling children and says that she would like to work as a full time
employee at Pilling Primary.
Cynthia Bennett of AVES organised
the programme for students as part of the Careers Guidance Programme to help
them choose the right job to suit their personality and to gain knowledge of
what is needed to continue their career path.
Before the programme started, a
one to one interview was conducted between Cynthia and each student to discuss
their career plans and their choice of work experience. From there, Cynthia
contacted the employers of each chosen workplace to ask for permission and to
set a programme for the student. In addition to this programme, Cynthia will
conduct an in-depth interview/job search programme that will last for four days
and which she encourages all students, particularly those who will not be
returning to school, to participate in.
So far Cynthia says that she has
had positive feedback from all trainers. She commented:
“I am very pleased with the
way the programme is going and, that all the students have taken this seriously
and have realised the benefits.
“I am also pleased about
the support I’ve had from the training providers and all the employment
organisations. A lot of people have really come on board with it and have been
“We ask the employers to
come up with a work programme so that the students will have some idea of what
is expected of them - each employer has done that. An assessment is made at the
end of the programme - and that is an important reward to the students as they
can keep it as a reference when they seek employment.”
22 July 2013