CONEL held an afternoon of Taster Workshops earlier this month (Thursday 4 February) for Year 8 students from Northumberland Park Community School. The Taster workshops gave the students an excellent insight into the potential routes available to them for work, education and training once they reach Year 11. Whether they choose to stay on at school, move to college or to apply for an apprenticeship, the Taster Workshops were intended to help the students make their decision with as much knowledge as possible.
One hundred and twenty students took part in two one hour workshops with the option to pick from a variety of subjects such as Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, Health and Social Care, Media and Computer Gaming, Music Technology, Construction and Engineering.
Director of Curriculum, Linda Foster (pictured), introduced the event explaining the range of options and entry criteria for vocational courses, as well as outlining the progression routes that former students have gone on to after studying at CONEL.
Linda said: “Taster workshops are an enjoyable and practical way to experience the skills needed for careers in a range of sectors. They help students make choices about what they are interested in working towards.”
The Music Technology workshop involved producing a music track by selecting instruments and creating a drum pattern using Logic software, whilst the interactive Gaming workshop taught students how to make a coin-collecting game using Unity; a game development software that creates high quality 2D/3D games.
During the Hair and Beauty workshop the students learned how to create hair-up styles using heated equipment. Lun Hassan, a student from Northumberland Park, said: “It was a good day. I would like to do Hair and Beauty after I finish school, so it was great to join in on this workshop and see what it’s like.”
Assistant Head Teacher, Mrs Dianne Liversidge said: “This was the School’s first taster workshop. It is important for the students to experience a hands-on taster in a professional environment using the equipment and technology available at the College. The majority of students live locally, so it’s good for them to experience a nearby college. A massive thank you for an excellent event, I was very impressed by the quality of taster lessons and the enormous effort that you had put into organising the day.”
The College welcomes requests from schools for taster workshops. The taster workshops are a great way for secondary school students to try the courses CONEL offers. Our staff tailor specific practical skills-based sessions in a range of vocational specialisms.