Nexus - extended work experience placements

Girl on alternate work experience in a beauty salon

C&K Careers works in partnership Nexus In-School, part of Kirklees Council to offer a range of extended work placement opportunities.

Nexus In-School caters for Year 11 students who are in school but would benefit from a more practical element to complement their current curriculum.

The project offers personalised, work-related learning for up to three days a week with a local employer, together with the opportunity to take part in structured learning sessions to complement their work placement. The remaining time is spent in school taking a reduced number of GCSEs.

Dedicated project officers identify suitable work placement, make arrangements for student interviews, health and safety assessments and carry out work to prepare the students for placement.  All students attend a two-day induction prior to starting their placement. Nexus project officers provide regular placement monitoring and student mentoring throughout the year, as well as providing a high level of support to families, schools and the local businesses supporting the project.

Extended work placements can be particularly beneficial for students:

  • who excel in a practical environment
  • who are motivated to work
  • who are most likely to benefit from taking a reduced number of GCSEs
  • where attendance is starting to become an issue
  • who have experienced little success in school
  • in danger of becoming disaffected

Group Work

Nexus In-School offers students the opportunity to take part in non-accredited, structured learning sessions which are relevant to the students whilst at placement and for when they move on from Year 11. 

Our 2017/18 programme includes:

  • CV Writing
  • Interview Skills
  • Online Safety
  • Healthy Eating & Healthy Lifestyles
  • Sexual Health
  • Substance Misuse

Our Success 2015/16

  • 92% retention rate
  • 100% achievement rate of those retained
  • On completion, 96% of students had been offered Post-16 courses that meet the Raising of Participation duty. Of these, 38% had offers of an apprenticeship as a direct result of being on the project.

What schools say:

'The support given to our students has really gone above and beyond, with both students making excellent progress. We have really enjoyed working in partnership and look forward to working together again.' Extended Curriculum Lead, North Kirklees School

'The Nexus programme has been great for both our young people. The level of support from the project worker has been first class and it is something that we as a school are hoping to invest in next year.' Inclusion Manager, South Kirklees School

'It has been a great alternative provision for some of our more vulnerable students. We would highly recommend the project.' Head of Year, North Kirklees School

'I think a lot of Nexus and thank you for all the hard work. I think our student only remained on track because of the project. I really rate Nexus as the best educational alternative for disengaged students.' Deputy Head, South Kirklees School

What parents say:

'It is through this project that my grandson has gained confidence and matured to be able to gain himself an apprenticeship.' Grandmother.

'My son has enjoyed his placement.  It has helped him to see what working life is like and has meant that he has been able to finish Year 11 in school which would probably not have happened if he had not been part of the project.' Parent.

What students say:

'The project has helped me in so many ways from getting me back on track in school to helping me with my future. Overall it’s has been an excellent experience.' Student.

'I’d stay another year at School just to stay on placement, I’ll miss it. It’s been the best thing I’ve done!' Student.

'I think Nexus is really good because it has helped me a lot with improving my attendance and confidence.' Student

For further information:

Contact: Nathaniel, SEND Co-ordinator
Call: 01484 225500
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