Pupils from Wingfield Business and Enterprise College in Rotherham experienced an exciting and hands-on taster of life as a vocational College student recently, with the ‘DVC Skills Roadshow’. Dearne Valley College welcomed over 80 students from the local school to take part in a range of industry-led activities, in a bid to promote the variety of post-16 educational opportunities available to them.
The day allowed the secondary school pupils to dip their toes into College life, and the College’s School Liaison Officer and organiser for the event, Nick Dale, said:
“The DVC Skills Roadshow is designed to highlight the benefits of Further Education and provide an insight into the wide range of vocational courses we offer through a series of fun, interactive and hands on workshops. We hope that this will be hugely beneficial to the students, who are approaching the time in which they might have to make informed decisions about their educational and working careers”
At the event, pupils were given the opportunity to try out a bit of Joinery, and got to grips with the technical skills of the craft by creating bespoke wooden birdhouses in small groups, while other students experienced the tiling trade, with each pupil completing individual tiling projects, supervised by the Construction Tutors who were on-hand to advise the students further on the College’s courses.
Further activities were available in a range of industries, and pupils were able to take charge of styling the hair of mannequins and creating nail art with the College’s beauty student, comparing their masterpieces, while the Sports department held a mini ‘Olympic-themed’ task, with pupils working their way through a number of athletic activities, and recording and displaying their times and achievements in the style of last year’s games.
The College’s Public Services department provided a unique taster of their courses by forming their very own Crime Scene Investigation team, with the pupils dressed in all-white forensics overalls and Police uniforms, taking part in a CSI-themed mock investigation, while the Motorsports department displayed a range of miniature racing bikes and parts, for the students to get their hands on.
Speaking about the event, representative from Wingfield Business and Enterprise College, Joanne Sorby, said:
“The vocational taster day at Dearne Valley College was a huge success, with more than 80 pupils taking part in the event. The student feedback was very positive and many of them would have liked to stay for the full day.”
“This event has been invaluable in helping students become more vocationally aware of what types of courses the college has to offer and gave them the opportunity to try out different areas of work”