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24th March 2023

49 St Brendan’s students have taken part in work experience over the last few weeks as part of the Bristol Future Talent Partnership’s Careers Insight programme.

Our students had a fabulous opportunity to visit a number of organisations around the city and to gain some great life skills such as how to network, CV writing and how to present.

We are extremely proud to be a part of the Bristol Future Talent Partnership, which is a collaboration of leading organisations that share the vision of making Bristol the fairest and most racially equal place to study and work in the UK. Bristol Future Talent partnership works with young people to raise aspirations, remove barriers and provide talent with opportunity.  They work with young people from ethnic minority backgrounds in the Bristol area to remove barriers to employment.

Throughout the week, each placement provided our students with a variety of exciting visits and tasks which included visiting the Burges Salmon, Hargreaves Lansdown, and Bishop Fleming offices. Students also learnt about the many career opportunities available at Wessex Water from experts within the business along with visiting various water plants and they took a trip to the site of the new Bristol arena.

Students spent a day at Yeo Valley, where they were tasked with developing a new product which they then had to present to senior staff. We are delighted to report that all presentations were outstanding and were executed incredibly well.

On Friday, the students concluded their work experience with presentations demonstrating the skills and knowledge developed during their placements, sharing insight from their own experiences, and making suggestions to improve the diversity and inclusion of organisations.

All students also took part in a final project entitled 'Widening the Workforce' which focused on how we can promote Early Careers programmes to a more diverse range of quality candidates. The panel were blown away by their insights and the quality of the presentations. Each and every one of our students showed tremendous team working, creative and communication skills throughout the entire week.

We’d like to thank all the businesses and organisations who contributed to the week, our Careers team for making it possible for our students to access this fantastic opportunity  and of course the 49 students for being so incredibly engaged and for representing themselves and St Brendan’s so well.