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Published by kerri smith for Thrive Homes in Housing and also in Communities, Education

Students from Westfield Academy taking part in the life-skills sessions Students from Westfield Academy taking part in the life-skills sessions

Thrive Homes and some of its partner organisations will be working with just under 200 students at Westfield Academy on 7-8 July, running life-skills sessions.

Joining Thrive in this venture are: Herts constabulary; Youth Connexions; Herts Young Homeless; W3RT; West Herts College and ASCEND.

There will be sessions on:

Managing budgets; apprenticeships; managing your own home; volunteering; personal and road safety; CV writing and careers advice; interview techniques and job applications.

Three work experience placements for a week are on offer to successful students in Year 10 and application forms for this are coming in already. During the life-skills sessions, students will learn about interview preparation, and toward the end of the week candidates will be interviewed for the placements. Two work experience placements are with Thrive Homes and one is with local volunteer organisation W3RT. These will take place during the Summer holidays.

Emma Melon, Director of Year 10 at Westfield Academy said:

“The students are already enthusiastic about the two-day sessions having heard from Thrive Homes at a special school assembly. It is important that we help prepare our students for life after school, and the range of topics being delivered as part of this Enterprise will certainly help with their future lives and careers as it highlights transferable skills needed for success beyond school.”

Vi Freeman from the community engagement team at Thrive said:

“Thrive has established itself as an important community partner making a lasting impact on neighbourhoods and individuals. We are investing in community activities to support enhanced mobility and employment for residents in addition to providing top quality homes and services. Last year a team from Thrive ran a similar Enterprise Week at Francis Combe Academy which students described as ‘awesome’ and ‘it got me thinking about my future’. We are really looking forward to working with pupils and the team at Westfield Academy”

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