Year 9 students from George Hicks High School recently participated in the school’s Learning Through Internship Programme.
Launched in 2006, the programme has seen around 80 final-year students placed at 25 local companies for one week internships.
Each year, the students have excelled within their placements and many have subsequently been offered holiday employment.
Preparation for the programme this year began in September 2008 when students participated in a survey to determine possible career choices.
The results led to a search for additional businesses to join the pool of participating companies as students expressed interest in a variety of fields.
Preparations continued in the months following, with a career afternoon at school. Participating companies made presentations to the entire year group and students signed contracts with their employers as they were to be held to the same standards as regular employees.
Winnifred Sykes, a former counsellor at George Hicks, conducted a session on expectations while at the workplaces and Maxine Eldemire guided students through the interviewing process, as each student was required to conduct an interview at the workplace.
At the end of the programme students were required to submit a portfolio documenting their daily experience.
The programme culminated with a Presentation Ceremony where the students were presented with Certificates of Completion by the various companies.