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School to enhance employment opportunities for students

CRITCHILL School are creating opportunities for Post 16 students to help them develop their work skills to help with employment opportunities in the future.

The school reports, “Critchill School have been working hard creating great opportunities to develop work skills with our Post 16 students. One of these is the mobile café/catering van which is at Frome Market every Wednesday during term time serving paninis, waffles, hot drinks and various specials.

“It is non-profit and focuses entirely on building skills in our students to help prepare them for adulthood and employment. The students not only help serve on the van, but prepare all the food ready for sale.

“The students are particularly proud of achieving a 5 Star Food Hygiene rating.  Many thanks to Mendip District Council for their continued support and to our fellow market stall holders who have made us very welcome.  We would love you to visit us and sample our menu.

“The catering van is part of our “Working Futures” curriculum. Did you know that around about 6% of people with a learning disability are in paid employment, despite over 60% being able and willing to work. “Working futures” hopes to change that statistic for pupils at Critchill School by creating different routes and approaches into work.

“We are keen to work with local employers to find out what your needs are and how we can develop them in our students. By careful matching of skills to jobs and with a little additional support, we believe that many of our students would make fantastic employees. If you would like to find out more please contact working futures@educ.somerset .gov.uk”

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