Try a Job Day at Cockshut Hill School

Year 9 students get a taste of careers available with local employers with a range of hands-on workshops and presentations.

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FOCUS: Develop students' confidence, teamwork, communication and motivation as well as awareness of the range of careers and routes into employment available.

200 students got an interactive day of activities from a variety of Birmingham businesses - helping them to find out more about the world of work and how they can enter the jobs market in their region.

Volunteers from Kwikfit, the University of Birmingham, Francesco Hair Group and BAM Construction ran practical workshops to give students real insight into potential careers. This included hairstyling and barbering in a classroom salon, a construction workshop and getting under the bonnet of a car.



  • 90% of students that took part said the day gave them better insight into their own skills and aspirations
  • 92% of students said the day gave them a better understanding of how businesses work
  • 87% of students said they felt more prepared for the world of work
  • 100% of school staff said they felt the day helped inform students about the employment opportunities in the region


 "This was really different to a normal day at school. Getting to know how and why you do things at work and trying out new activities was really enjoyable."

Year 9 student, Cockshut Hill School

"Listening to what different people had to say about their jobs and why they enjoyed them was really valuable. Seeing what goes on in Birmingham was definitely new learning for me."

Year 9 student, Cockshut Hill School


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