Virtual Work Experience – Pupil Experience

AGS CDT pupils were recently involved in Scape groups Learning in Lockdown – A Week of Virtual Work Experience during the week of the 18th May. One of our partners Balfour Beatty who were partly sponsoring the event offered AGS CDT pupils a place to get involved. We had recently worked with Balfour Beatty on an activity delivered by them on the Union Terrace Garden project.  This opportunity was taken up by one of our S4 pupils Sherwin Fernandes.  The following is a summery of his experience:

Scape group with the help of their sponsors launched a digital work experience for all 10th-year students in the UK.  I got involved with this task because I wanted to increase my knowledge of STEM, and learn what it is like to be given a project which encapsulates all the skills required to work in a professional environment.

The task allocated was to design a pavilion (a free-standing community building)  which promoted sustainable living to a local Dubai community.

With this large task a great deal of things had to be considered with the design:  

Location:  Weather – flooding and climate, sun path, prevailing winds – passive ventilation  and air-conditioning 

Energy: positioning of solar panels, lighting, natural light, temperature retainment.

General “end-user” needs: accessibility and usability, comfort and safety.

Design brief of sustainability: I did this through education: Kitchen, Garden and Greenspace, technology and adults and kids learning  

Each day several tasks were given which all amounted to a final design, it was a case of “building up” as you went along. 

Lecturers from Heriot-Watt University gave instructions and clues to aid us with the daily task through webinars over learnliveuk.com

Experts from all fields of STEM  were also able to support with any questions on a live chat facility. 

Highlights

I enjoyed designing my pavilion through a floor plan as it was based on problem-solving and logic had to be applied in all areas. The making of my pavilion through Minecraft was most rewarding as a I got to visualise my design digitally.

I learned a lot about how crucial and fundamental a design of a building is and how its environmental friendliness could be hindered by its poor blueprint. I would highly recommend this work experience if it were offered next year.

Lockdown Physical Activity

During lockdown, we have continued to promote the JASS and DofE award schemes for our pupils to complete. This encourages our pupils to stay physically active, develop new skills and contribute to our community during these testing times.

As today was supposed to be our annual sports day, “The Grammar Games”, some of our S6 pupils have put together the following video, showcasing the wide range of physical activities have been doing to stay active during lockdown. We hope you enjoy!

 

Virtual Work Experience – Young Professionals

This week is open for  S4, S5 and S6 students, in particular students who are considering an apprenticeship and / or need some valuable work experience to add to their CV’s. 

The week will be running from 22nd June – 26th June and will be packed full of workshops, business challenges and opportunities to try new things out / build their skill sets. 

As you know, we work with many global / FTSE 100 companies, they will be playing a big part in the week facilitating webinars and workshops. All your students will have the opportunity to engage with these companies during the week and get exposure to their sectors. Prizes will be given out (iPads, learning resources for them and gift vouchers).

RAF,  PwC, EY, Capgemini, IBM and many other will be joining us during the week! 

Key Details:

  • 22nd June – 26th June 
  • 9am – 16:30 each day (times may vary) 
  • First come first serve basis 
  • Student MUST sign up using the link below and will need to inform you / school they have applied (please do send out via parent mail so that parents / carers are made aware of this opportunity)
  • All students that take part in the full week will get a written reference from me and they can include this on their CV’s and make reference to the global companies they heard from

The Experience:

  • Introduction to the business world (working in the the corporate environment) 
  • Employability skills (CV writing, STAR exercise, the whole recruitment process explained in full detail to big brands) (Digital Interviews, Psychometric Testing etc…. the whole lot)! 
  • Business challenges around emerging technologies, new products and innovation / change strategy 
  • Projects to work on in their assigned groups & mentors to monitor progress
  • Prizes and office experience days up for grabs to stand out students during the week
  • Each student will get their own digital log book so they can keep track on their progress for the week

As mentioned it is first come first serve and all students will need to register. 

Any pupil interested should contact Mr Foster through GMail to get the link to register.