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Employability and Skills : Forest School/Opportunity Thurrock/Work Experience
Forest School

Forest schools is a unique way of building independence, self-esteem and a positive attitude towards learning in young people as they explore and experience the natural world for themselves.

A combination of freedom and responsibility is beneficial to any young people particularly those with issue around self-confidence or challenging behaviour.

Valuable life skills are learned including communication, team working, responsibility and resilience.

Opportunity Thurrock

Opportunity Thurrock is the region’s largest careers and further education expo, bringing together nearly 100 exhibitors including local employers from the private and public sectors, colleges and universities. Around 2,500 students from local schools and colleges in Thurrock benefit from the event, which is held on the first Wednesday in October, each year.

Work Experience

Thurrock Council is pleased to provide robust, auditable systems and processes to enable meaningful and safe work experience, comprising:
  • Student self sourced placement form
  • Top tips for sourcing own placement
  • Letter of Understanding (between the school and the employer)
  • Health & Safety assurance
  • Personalised role descriptions
  • Safeguarding summary sheet
  • Benefits of work experience summary sheet
  • Student induction checklist
  • Student workbook designed for independent learning pre, during and after placement
  • A list of useful websites re health and safety in the workplace
  • Student/employer evaluation form designed to measure impact