GAP - Work Experience
GAP is a fresh take on work experience, West Herts College has teamed up with local employers to give vital, first-hand experience helping towards securing a job once students have finished their studies.
Why is GAP important?
Further education after GCSEs is important for helping students develop the skills needed for an eventual chosen career path. However, today’s job market is an incredibly competitive one and employers are looking for more than just a qualification, they are looking for confident people with experience of a working environment. Through GAP our students get a massive boost to their CV which will be key when it comes to finding that first job!
How does it work?
At West Herts College we’re proud of the relationships we’ve built with reputable employers, who are looking to help develop young people by giving our students the opportunity to learn new skills. All of our students have access to our GAP website, which lists our full range of opportunities, giving everyone plenty of choice to develop their skills and core competencies. Work experience should be an adventure wherever you go and we’re here to help our students get as much as possible out of their time.
What do our students think of GAP?
A first job can be slightly daunting, but thanks to GAP young people can be confident in knowing exactly what the working world is like. Don’t take our word for it, here’s what our students think:
Alyshia Black, a media studies student had the chance to work at the Mark Webber ‘Youth Cyclist Challenge’.
“At first I didn’t really understand what GAP had to offer, but it was really good! I enjoyed working as part of a team and meeting new people. I even got a selfie with Mark Webber!”
Michael Upham, a business student decided to gain experience through the college itself.
“When I started with West Herts College I was really shy. Through GAP I’ve spent a lot of time helping visitors and students, I’ve learnt to network and to believe in myself. I feel that I am now breaking through my barriers.”
George Moss spent time working at Nascot Wood School helping with art projects and he loved it!
“I have younger brothers – this GAP placement reminded me of making a mess with them. I spent a lot of the time just trying not to get paint on me - It was great fun and I had to think on my feet a lot!”
It's not just the students who are excited by GAP here's what Ofsted have to say.
Ofsted - Good Practice (GAP)
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