Eight year 9 students from Golden Hillock School recently had the opportunity to see behind the scenes at a busy local police station, in an unusual and fascinating ‘World of Work’ visit generously hosted by West Midlands Police.
Mosaic’s World of Work visits aim to give our young people – who will make up the local workforce of the future – a glimpse into the host company’s industry, giving them a real insight into a local employer and the sheer range of opportunities that are often available. Many of the young people being mentored by Mosaic struggle with low self-esteem, lack of ambition and lack of awareness about potential employers in their area.
20 years of investigating crimes
The day started off at Edward Road Police Station, where the students got to hear Detective Sergeant Neil Groutage from the Criminal Investigation Department speak about his 20 year career in the police force and his investigations into burglaries, fraud, identity theft, murder and a whole host of other crimes.
Police Constable Salma Jabeen and Police Constable Brandon O’Hare from the Counter-Terrorism Unit then spoke about their roles, the importance of community engagement and why they enjoy their jobs.
Naila Suleman, Equality and Diversity Officer, gave an overview of the variety of jobs within the Police Force for police staff including HR, IT and Forensic Services. She reinforced the importance of a good education and doing voluntary work in the community for those young people wanting to join in the future.
“This was a tremendous opportunity”
In the company of PC Katie Picken and PC Sharon Worrallo-Allison, the group were then escorted to Digbeth Cells, where student Aysha Akhtar went through a mock custody exercise resulting in her being handcuffed and her rights being read!
Ruth Stimpson, Achievement Leader for Year 9’s at Golden Hillock, commented: “This was a tremendous opportunity for our students who have already benefitted from the core mentoring work that Mosaic undertakes in our school. The students really enjoyed talking to adults other than teachers gaining a wider understanding of the variety of jobs that organisations such as the police can offer. Students were also talking about qualifications on the bus on the way home!”.
More about World of Work visits
Read about another recent World of Work visit to Bentley Motors in Crewe, North West England
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