At Park Lane we pride ourselves on working with local and national businesses to ensure our students have frequent contact with ‘Real World’ role models.
The DfE’s document ‘Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools’ states
“Schools should help every pupil develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. Inspiring every pupil through more real-life contacts with the world of work can help them understand where different choices can take them in the future.”
This is absolutely what we aim to do for students throughout their time at Park Lane.
Examples of our work with businesses includes:
- A Business Class partnership with Marshalls which includes an annual mentoring programme for identified Year 10 students
An annual Careers Convention, 2017 was the seventh one, which is attended by a wide range of businesses. The last couple of years have included:
Calderdale Credit Union
Federation of Small Businesses
Shibden Mill Inn
The Piece Hall
- Mock interviews for our Year 11 students which are run by volunteers from businesses including Together Housing, Covea and Lloyds
- A Year 7 Enterprise Project in 2016 where students were taught about marketing by Excelerate Marketing Company
Year 9 students take part in annual The Business Enterprise Challenge run by Business in the Community and Mosaic and are supported by Business mentors.
These have come from companies such as Enterprise Rent-a-car, DLA Piper, Yorkshire Bank, Lowell Group and Unliver
- A ‘plan your future’ unit in PSHCE for year 8 supported by FDM Group.
A wide range of companies who offer workshops, visits and talks during STEM month including in the last two years:
CompTIA who have run a cybersecurity workshop, Cummins Engineering who have hosted workshops at their site, Wier Valves who have supported a Girls into Engineering visit and Marshalls who have delivered talks and run site visits
If you feel your business would be able to support the school in anyway then please contact Michelle Hogan, Head of Careers on firstname.lastname@example.org.