‘Inspiring students to reach new heights’
This year Walton High have been absolutely delighted to welcome the Employability charity Work Tree into the school again to take part in our Careers programme. Work Tree visited as part of our highly successful YR 8 Careers Day and delivered a fantastic ‘Careers Work Out’ session. Students met and networked with 50 guests from a range of employers, where they learnt about numerous different careers. Through conversations with the employer guests, students were able ask them about the work they do, and what inspires and motivates them in their working lives. Participation and engagement in the session was fantastic, with students, staff and guest employers speaking incredibly positively of the experience. Matthew Mason, Careers Adviser at Walton High said:
“I have been absolutely delighted once again with the ‘Career Workout’ session delivered by Work Tree and would like to thank both the excellent Work Tree staff and all the employer guests who so generously volunteered their time from their busy jobs, for the benefit of our students. It really is greatly appreciated.”
Employers and Organisations who have visited the school as part of the sessions have included, Santander, NHS, legal firm Denton’s, Network Rail, Ringway Jacobs, Nissan, British Army, Inspire Change, Nifty Lift, Virgin Media, Amnesty International, Parks Trust and Barclays Bank to name just a few.
Our Employer guests have been extremely positive about their experience of visiting Walton High and had this to say:
“I really enjoyed interacting with the young people and finding out about their interests and aspirations.’’
“I really liked the enthusiasm and politeness of the students.’’
“Very interesting to do this with a different year group and see different concerns at different ages.”
“Talking about my job and what I do made me remember why I chose this career.”
“The students were very engaging and interested.”
“I really liked how interested the students were in the world of work.”
We are really looking forward to working with Work Tree again soon.
On 11 October Year 13 Economics students visited HSBC’s new UK Head Office at Centenary Square in Birmingham. HSBC UK is investing over £200million in Birmingham and moving more than 1,000 head office roles to the city. Year 13 took part in a tour of the building as well as several talks delivered by senior leaders at the office and recent graduates. Some of the topics covered included a background into HSBC and its global operations, the potential impact of BREXIT, the role of banking in the modern economy and career pathways into finance. Year 13 student Georgia commented that “The trip equipped me with huge amounts knowledge from top managers and people of all different ages and positions; I will make sure to focus on achieving the best A-level results possible to put myself in a position to take advantage of all the opportunities available to me.”