Arsenal Stadium Careers Trip
Fifteen students from Year 9 went to visit the Arsenal stadium to get an insight into the ‘Life of an Arsenal staff member’.
Students went on a tour of the grounds followed by a presentation about how the grass is grown and maintained, as this is an important feature of the stadium, and the value of Science in Sports and playing fields. They also learned about how to finance a stadium and job opportunities.
“We had the opportunity to see the stadium from the point of view as a staff member and a fan and can now appreciate how much effort goes into producing a great pitch of grass!”
Eliza & Delina Year 9
Year 10 Careers Days
To support students in their career planning for Year 11, Year 10 students attended a Careers Fair in our school sports hall then met with employers and participated in Careers Activities the following day.
We were well supported by local providers and colleges who gave their time to bring this offer to our students who really took a great interest and it had the desired effect of getting students to think about planning for next year when they are thinking about their choices for when they leave AMSI and move on. Working with Young Careers, who are supporting the school with employer engagement, students had the opportunity to hear from industry professionals and ask questions to enhance their understanding of the wider world of work and future opportunity.
Our Year 10 students took a great interest and made all efforts to get the most from these events and we will be offering them more focused opportunities next year to support them. We thank all our employers, providers and professionals who gave their time to invest in the students at AMSI.
Alumni Assembly at AMSI
Students in Year 10 had a special presentation from an ex-student who left AMSI in 2008.
Shedeanna Clarke shared her experience of school and her career paths since she left AMSI or IAMS as it was then known.
Shedeanna had a further message for students to understand ‘Only you can build your future’ and to be ‘confident, kind and focused’. Shedeanna told students that if someone had told her she would be working on an airline, flying around the world, speaking to a whole plane full of people and now speaking with a whole year group of students, she would never have believed it.
Shedeanna is a local resident and her mother also came along and spoke with students about being focused and that parent and carer support should be appreciated as it will support them to be successful in the future.
This was a great opportunity for our students, who really engaged, and we hope to work together again in the future.
We had our annual Careers Fair in school for our Key Stage 4 students on Friday 10th December 2021. Our sports hall was well represented by opportunity providers from Colleges & 6th Forms as well as University, Apprenticeship and extracurricular offers.
This is a really valuable opportunity for our students to have access to future opportunities and whilst they visited briefly during a lesson time they were also encouraged to visit independently during their break time, which many did, which was great to see.
Year 11 students responded very well and took a very mature approach to making the most of this event and took away information, asked questions, registered an interest directly and some even enrolled on the day.
We Thank all those opportunity providers that attended for their commitment to our students and who made the day useful and such a success
Centre of the Cell: Year 9 Trip
To support our Year 9 students thinking about career ideas and supporting them in making their Option choices to
study in KS4, 24 of our students spent the day at Centre of the Cell in Queen Marys University.
Based in Whitechapel, the students participated in a ‘Science Pod Experience’ and a workshop based around Careers in Science. Centre of the Cell is a science education centre and it is the first science education centre in the world to be located within working biomedical research laboratories. They seek to have a positive impact on the
educational, career and health choices for young people.
The STEM Pod Experience is an interactive science experience using the state-of-the-art immersive show featuring films, gaming and learning. The workshop is a presenter-led experience which includes challenges and tasks for the groups to complete as they go through the workshop. Students had the opportunity to think about the range of Careers within Science, materials that may be used, skills and personal qualities that would be useful and the range of entry routes into Scientific careers.
The foundation of the learning is based on the trillions of Cells within the body. In the picture above, the group is
standing under a very large replica of a single human Brain cell and the white strands are the receptors.
SKANSKA – Construction Engineering Year 9 student trip
To support our Year 9 students, think about career ideas and support them in making their Option choices to study in KS4, 16 of our students spent the day at SKANSKA 20-22 Ropemaker project office, based in Moorgate, with a range of professionals learning about the various roles within the construction industry.
They met with those in project development, planning, management as well as Health & Safety and skilled operatives. Students had the opportunity to observe the build from a viewing station and also experience Health & Safety training via 4D visual visors. Students heard about different career paths and asked questions to further understand the opportunities available in the ever-growing sector of Construction.
Arts & Media School Islington thank SKANSKA for ensuring that students gained as much as they could from the day and the time the company invested in career education.
Some student comments:
- “I am now aware that construction doesn’t just involve bricklaying”
- “I never really thought much about going into Architecture but now it is a possibility”
- “I know what kind of jobs roles there are in making buildings”
- “I learned how to get a job in construction without going to University”
- “I learned about the different coloured hats”
- “I learned that Health & Safety is most important”
- “It was educational and enjoyable” “I have enjoyed today”
Presenting Yourself Day – Year 11
22nd October 2021
It was really pleasing to see our Year 11 students embrace the opportunity of ‘Being professional’ for the day and to ‘step out of the playground’ and engage with those who were with us for the day from the World of work.
We had 23 Business volunteers in school for the day, from a wide range of professions. Students worked in small groups with our business volunteers on CV’s and Cover letters and mock interviews as well as hear about career routes in a ‘Share Your Career Path’ talk in the theatre.
The Business volunteers were really impressed with our students’ attitude and their engagement in the process and were only too happy to let us know. Overall the students took on the challenge and completed a questionnaire at the end. Below are the results from 94 returns out of 130 students
Thank you to all those who supported the day and to our youth Islington colleague, Diana James, for engaging our Business Volunteers.
Year 10 Virtual Work Experience
Many thanks to everyone who contributed towards the Year 10 Virtual Work Experience.
This was the first time we have done anything like this in AMSI and so it was really exciting to see how it would go with employers linking in on live sessions. Students reflected positively on how the two days went and they have produced some excellent work.
The Careers & Enterprise Company, who are supporting us to develop our Careers program over the next 3 years, who provided the materials and employers were also pleased with how it all turned out. Working with outside agencies and employers is key to ensuring that students can see beyond the school walls and into the World of Work.
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