Pupils seek work experience with Hull businesses
PUPILS at a city school are appealing to businesses across Hull to offer them the chance to try out their dream roles.
Youngsters from Frederick Holmes School in north Hull need to find work experience places in the new year.
Now, an appeal is going out to companies to step forward to help the school catering for pupils with special and additional needs.
The pupils, who mainly have cerebral palsy, are interested in sport, gardening, beauty and car sales.
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Teaching assistant Helen Beesley, teaching assistant at the school in Inglemire Lane, said work placements were need for seven pupils.
She said staff were hoping to find roles that would be memorable and useful for the students, rather than the mundane administrative roles they have sometimes been offered in the past.
Miss Beesley said: "Work experience is so important for our children.
"The jobs they have been given in the past are not really applicable to them. They do not often have the chance to experience work.
"They are more administrative roles, which they don't have as much interest in as some other things.
"It would be lovely to see if we can get them out there for some experience in some areas they like and are interested in.
"They would be absolutely over the moon if we could get them something they would really enjoy."
The pupils have expressed an interest in working with rugby and snooker clubs, in graphic design, at a garden centre, as a personal shopper and in a beauty salon.
Miss Beesley said: "These are really special kids who deal with a lot and it would be lovely to make them feel that bit more special and get them the job of their dreams.
"They would be at the companies with a teaching assistant.
"We would love it if companies came forward to try to make these dreams come true."
Pupils are hoping for one week's work experience in May and July.
They will spend about half a day at their place of work experience from Monday to Friday and will be accompanied by a teaching assistant from the school.
Anyone who can help the pupils is invited to contact the school on 01482 804766.