AVS Students ‘BreakThrough’ During Employability Course

Mark Britton News

Six students from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College recently completed a new employability course run by two local businesses, aimedat helping young people realise their potential.

BreakThrough was initially launched in September 2014 and is funded by local businesses Crimson Ltd and Bridge PR & Media Services. The three-day practical course is delivered over three weeks and encourages young people to think past school and exam results and consider how they present themselves in the eyes of an employer.

Throughout the programme, the two local businesses worked closely with the students and used their own skills and experience to demonstrate how young people can enhance their prospects in the job market. During the first session, held at Coombe Abbey, the students worked as a team to complete field craft activities with the focus being on co-operation and communication.

Subsequent modules allowed the students to learn about setting goals and communicating their aspirations, and how to craft a CV so that prospective employers will take notice. Students also learned how to prepare and present themselves during interviews.

Alison Davies, Headteacher said “We’re grateful to Crimson and Bridge for the work they put into setting up this programme. Having the opportunity to learn about employability and marketing from experts in recruitment and the media was extremely useful for our students and will benefit them greatly in the future.”

Dr Denise Taylor, Bridge PR’s Managing Director said “We have been impressed with the positive approach taken by the students. They very quickly demonstrated their problem-solving skills on the first day during the outdoor woodland sessions when they had to work closely as a team to erect the camp shelter. Because they worked well as a team, they achieved this task a lot more quickly than other older and more experienced groups.”

Rob Mallaband, Managing Director at Crimson Limited, also added: “BreakThrough is about more than just giving the students greater employability skills, it’s also about equipping them with modern digital tools to help them market themselves more effectively in a competitive world. Young people today really need to stand out when applying for jobs, and we have shown the students from Avon Valley some of the techniques they can use to achieve this.”

For further information, or to arrange a photo opportunity please contact Theresa Bale, Headteacher’s PA on 01788 542355 or bale.t2@welearn365.com

About AVS

The Avon Valley School a­­nd Performing Arts College is a popular and oversubscribed 11-16 school situated in Newbold, Rugby, which is led by Headteacher Alison Davies. With 1100 students on roll, the school, which is judged ‘good’ by Ofsted, is housed in a state-of-the-art building that opened in 2007. The school gained its P­­erforming Arts Status in 2004, and prides itself on giving students the opportunity to perform and gain confidence through the arts; recent productions include Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.