Here at The Pioneer Special School we offer careers education, information, advice and guidance to ensure that students leave with the right tools and values to help them to prepare for adulthood.

We support students to start to think about their future options when they leave Pioneer and how their skills and experiences fit with life after Pioneer. We prepare students for their preferred transitional pathway whether that be college courses, employment, training or independent living.

Careers week

During careers week our students experienced a range of work based activities. These included, visiting our local ASDA to stack shelves and work on the tills, dressing up in the uniform of their chosen job, working as site manager at our school, having a guest speaker from Essex Police to talk to each class about their experiences, designed a poster or video about the job of their choice and also contributed to our careers assembly to tell us what they have learnt during the week. Some of our pupils obtained a first aid and CPR certificate.

Work Experience

Giving all our students in FE the opportunity to gain meaningful and relevant experience of work enables them to experience the world of the working environment outside the school setting. The work experience activities are normally greatly enjoyed by everyone who takes part and allows students to develop key skills such as communication, teamwork and social interaction.

Where students are able to access work experience opportunities we try, where appropriate, to provide these in either very small groups or individually. We currently have opportunities at local shops, The Ashley Centre, ASDA, Essex Wildlife and from September 2018 a Jamie Oliver Cooking qualification for some students will be offered. We have experience of work opportunities on site where the pupils work with the onsite cleaning team, and build outside garden projects, the onsite Enterprise café and through art and craft sessions where students sell items they have made in the pop up shop. Other students are given experiences of work through community visits and Pioneer based tasks or placements.

Painting at Essex Wildlife Trust

Working in the Enterprise Cafe

Moving hay bales and mud at Essex Wildlife Trust