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The Co-operative Academy of Leeds explore Routes into Employment

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Year 8 students from The Co-operative Academy of Leeds took part in an interactive Routes into Employment Day with business volunteers from a range of local employers earlier this month.

The students took part in workshops and games designed by the volunteers focusing on the breadth of roles available in Leeds, the different qualities they prefer in future careers and qualifications available through apprenticeships and university. Students were also able to ask the volunteers their own questions about their career journeys and experience with a Q&A panel.

Volunteers from Mitie, Keepmoat Regeneration, Arup and Calbee worked with 145 students, with students highlighting their favourite parts of the day being the opportunity to learn more about apprenticeships, the different aspects of working in popular career fiels and the broader key employability skills that employers are looking for.

Katherine Li, our Project Coordinator for the school, said: "The day aimed to let the students delve deeper into the world of work and really understand what employers value - and what a day on the job is really like! As a result of these activities 97% of the students involved said they better understand the types of skills, knowledge and qualifications needed for their potential future careers and 96% said it gave them a better awareness of the types of jobs that are out there for them.

We must thank all the volunteers who designed and created the content for the day to help young people get that clear understanding and develop their skills and confidence for the future."

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