St Aldhelms Academy | Young Chamber

Bringing the world of work into education

At St Aldhelms one of our key ambitions is to raise the aspirations for all of our young students’ post 16 education. It is therefore vital to have a working relationship between the education and work sectors to understand the requirements that are needed for our students as progress towards the workplace or an apprenticeship.


Prior to our work with the Dorset Young Chamber, the Academy has provided students with opportunities to discuss their future through work placements, careers advice meetings and mock interviews.

What we needed to build upon was to understand the fundamental skills employers were looking for and it was felt that working with the Dorset Young Chamber would allow us to do this.

Our main aim was to provide our students with the chance to either go into the workplace and be inspired or to have people from local businesses come into school to educate the students in terms of what they can expect from the workplace.

“The world if work is changing rapidly in the 21st Century and bringing our students closer to it at the earliest opportunity ensures that they can understand the relevance of what they are learning at school and give them clear direction for their careers in the future.’ Young Chamber membership ensures this becomes a reality.”

Simon Atkins, Head Teacher at St Aldhelms Academy

How is Young Chamber helping your School?

Through the Dorset Young chamber programme we have been able to offer our students the chance to visit places of work and for companies to give an inspirational talk to our students.

For example, our Year 10 Construction class went to Greendale Construction site for the afternoon to see what happens on site and to enable the students to see the huge range of roles open to them on a construction site.

Feedback has been very positive from the students who have had their eyes opened to a world outside of school and the expectations of a typical workplace.

Results, Return on Investment and Future Plans

I would like to see our partnership continue with the Dorset Young Chamber. I feel that the programme is worthwhile and gives the students a real sense of focus for the next steps in their education. As well as a focus on year 10 and 11 who will be considering post 16 applications, I would hope that we can start to target year 8 students as they select their options for their courses at this time.

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