Motivation and WOW Conferences September 2015 - July 2016
Motivation and WOW Conferences September 2014 - July 2015
This year all 6 secondary schools participated in the service that YES provides.
These schools are:-
Davenant Foundation School.
Debden Park High School.
Epping St. John's High School.
King Harold Academy.
Roding Valley High School.
West Hatch High School.
20 Year 9 students from 2 schools attend one of the three Motivation Conferences and, during the following year. those same students, now in year 10 attend the WOW Conferences.
The 240 students whom, now, we help each year, are selected from the middle ability range and are identified by the Careers staff of each school according to the criteria set by YES. We assume that all parents are interested in their daughters' and sons' future employment but that some, through no fault of their own, have less time, finance and useful contacts to assist them. The YES Conferences are intended to address this gap.
There have been a few "teething problems", particularly with the schools' selection of students and with the parental approval necessary for attendance. In some cases, the criteria has not been met and on other occasions, parents have withdrawn students on the morning of the Conferences. This is both a waste of opportunity and of money. Next year, every parent of the attendees will receive a booklet, explaining the total cost (£2,800), the programme and the reason for the choice of the Marriott Hotel as a venue for each conference.
YES is very grateful for the assistance of business people who act as facilitators and the 40+ business people who attend te WOW Conferences and advise on the pathway to each chosen career.
Motivation and WOW Conferences September 2013 - July 2014
This year, YES worked with two schools, Debden Park High School and King Harold Academy. YES has been approached to provide its services for the other 4 secondary schools in the Epping Forest District and invitations have been issued to the Careers staff of the remaining schools to attend and gather information on the content of the conferences.
These two schools, KHA & DPHS, have set the precedent for the other 4 schools in the District: we hope that they will join the programme.
The First" World of Work" (WOW) Conference
YES introduced 40 Year 10 students from King Harold Academy in Waltham Abbey and Debden Park High School in Loughton, into the World of Work at the ir WOW Conference held at Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel on Friday, 6th June, 2013.
Prior to the event the Careers staff at both schools spent time with the chosen students, identifying their ambitions and the jobs that they would like to do. This set the scene for the day’s programme
During the morning the 14 -15 year old delegates were offered information on:
During the afternoon sessions, the students met employers and employees who work in the same fields as those identified by the students: these ranged from tattooists to politicians: hair & beauty salons to care homes for the elderly, photographers to IT consultants.. The students gathered information on wages and salaries, working hours and conditions and the training/qualifications needed for their specific jobs.
During the final session delegates were invited to evaluate the programme for the day - the consensus opinion of the students was that the event had been interesting and that it had offered a valuable information.
Comments, received on a "thank you" card from DPHS students, included:
"magical" "a lovely experience", "amazing and very helpful" and "a lovely day, it was really helpful"
Jaci Hammond (KHA) and Graham Tongate (DPHS), said,
"What a great day our students had on Friday....they were still talking about it on Monday.........always a good sign of success"
"it has definitely set them up to thinking about their future careers"
The businesses said,
"A pleasure to participate" "I thought that the concept was brilliant"
A YES committee member said,
"I looked at their faces: success was written all over them"
YES is grateful to the 40 business people who gave their time to impart their expertise to this event as it would not have been possible without them. We hope that their services will be recognised at the “Investors in Young People” awards at our event in November.
This is the start of a new venture: we shall follow its progress with interest.