It has been a busy few weeks in our Health and Social Care Department, with our students getting involved in a range of career-focussed activities. Firstly, a group of 30 students went along to Aldon Primary School to support the children with their Alice in Wonderland-themed Jubilee celebrations.
The students assisted with games and creative activities, helping the teachers to get all of the children actively engaged in the day’s activities. It was a fantastic opportunity for all who attended to develop their professional skills, including building relationships with both staff and pupils at the school. They were a credit to the College, mucking in and helping out wherever they were needed, even helping to clear up the Magician’s snow storm!
The Health and Social Care department also arranged a Career Day for students, which involved a huge range of professionals from the Health and Social Care sector coming into College, to deliver sessions focussed on the variety of careers available to them when they leave Cardinal Newman.
The list of careers represented was vast and included; Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Social Worker, Mental Health Nurse, Adult Nurse, SEN Support Worker, Radiographer, Paramedic, Sonographer, Children’s Nurse, Play inclusion project and Leyland Play Scheme. Each visitor created a career focused presentation which covered many of the topics that the attending students were most interested in finding out about, including pathways into the career, skills and attributes needed, typical working day, working hours/shift pattern, what they love about their careers, challenges faced and progression routes and wages.
It was an excellent day with so much useful, practical information shared with students which was really helpful to their decision making about their future careers. A huge thank you to all who attended.