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Pupils at Beechcliffe Special School get taste of the world of work
12:46pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
Pupils at Beechcliffe Special School in Keighley have been given a taste of the world of work.
An annual post-16 “Ready For Work” day was held at the school, attended by employers from across the area.
Youngsters had the chance to learn about a range of careers and took part in hands-on activities related to job roles. The day was organised by the Xperience Team, part of Bradford Council children’s services.
Richard Malir, assistant head teacher at Beechcliffe, said: “This event was a really good way for all the young people who took part to learn about certain jobs and what they involve.”
Among those present was Mike Armstrong, bakery manager at Sainsbury’s in Keighley. He said: “It was both inspiring and a privilege to work with special needs children. They had a fantastic time and created some outstanding bakery products in the shapes of various animals.”
Also represented was Craven College. Lecturer Hannah Chesterman said: “The children had a really creative day. They produced some excellent visual art work and each individual came away with a finished batik bookmark.” Bradford Council lead placement officer, Catherine Halliwell, said: “These events are so very important for raising student aspirations and building links with local employers.”