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Bristol Mayor shown the WORKS by local students

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, visited City Academy to celebrate the Bristol WORKS programme

Posted by Julian Owen | May 17, 2018 | School life

Marvin Rees, the Mayor of Bristol, has visited City Academy to celebrate the Bristol WORKS programme. He took part in an assembly with pupils before jumping onboard the Engine Shed on Tour bus, where he saw a 360 degree film made by City Academy students – with help from boomsatsuma - as part of Bristol WORKS activity.

WORKS is a Bristol Learning City Partnership initiative, building a collaboration between employers, learning providers and local communities to develop a skilled local workforce. It offers bespoke experience of work programmes created with schools, based on the needs of their young people.

Launched in 2015, it is about to enter a new chapter, with four more schools set to be part of the initiative during the next academic year.

Marvin Rees said: “When I became Mayor, one of my aims was to improve local children’s experiences of work. Research suggests that young adults who had four or more experiences of work while at school are five times more likely to engage in further education, employment and training afterwards.

We want to make sure children across the city are inspired to achieve more and can access more opportunities. As part of our WORKS programme we have been connecting schools with employers to find new opportunities for children to experience work in a whole new way. It has been great visiting City Academy and finding out how our children are benefiting from this scheme. If you are a local employer who thinks you have something you can offer, I’d encourage you to get in touch with our team to see how we can help.”

Jon Angell, Principal of City Academy said, “Bristol WORKS has been a fantastic addition to our careers and works programme. We have worked really closely with them around STEM work in Year 8 and 9 and with EDF. That work has continued with one of our partner primary schools, Easton Primary School, with our students going there to work with their students. We’ve had some amazing guest speakers talk to our students; Mayor Marvin Rees and Councillor Asher Craig to name but a few. They really raised our students' aspirations and showed them that there are a number of career pathways available to them.”

WORKS pledge employer, Engine Shed, have partnered with boomsatsuma to run their Engine Shed on Tour activity. The tour sees all Bristol WORKS schools, and others in the region, gain insights into exciting organisations around the city.

Nick Sturge, Engine Shed Director, said: “It’s wonderful to see the WORKS project taking on the important role of linking schools with innovative businesses in the region. In the same way, Engine Shed on Tour takes students to local companies with an aim to inspire their careers. It’s great for the city and its future generations that Engine Shed and Bristol City Council's WORKS project can work together to a mutual end."


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