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'To help young people help themselves'

From Year 10 onwards our pupils are offered the opportunity to have experiences of workplaces. These experiences could include workplace visits, taster sessions, virtual experiences or weekly placements. We work carefully to find just the right experience for each pupil. Some pupils will stay with the same employer for an entire year while others will gain skills through a number of workplace experiences.
These experiences and placements build confidence, increase resilience and give pupils valuable and essential skills to add to their CV’s. In the present very tough and competitive labour market young people need  to stand out from the crowd and these experiences support that.

Some of our pupils participate in the Cheshire and Warrington Pledge Explore Programme.  Explore gives pupils the opportunity to visit a range of workplaces over the year supported by staff and Pledge Facilitators. We have visited a range of workplaces including the new Crewe Fire Station construction site, Cheshire College South and West, Crewe Alexandra FC and Rookery Hall Hotel.


 “Edward Street garage has supported Work Experience for over 20 years now. We have had both boys and girls wanting to learn the garage trade. Some have gone on to having a career in the industry and some have gone onto doing something  totally different but it is very rewarding knowing that the children have learnt, hopefully enjoyed and got something out of the experience”.


What an absolute star Nat has been during his time with us at the Haven. He is a ray of sunshine as soon as he walks through the door. Nothing is too much trouble for him and he undertakes any task asked of him with his usual smile. His confidence has come on in leaps and bounds. It has been a real pleasure having Nat as part of the Haven team and we all wish him every success. 

Rachel Warburton
The Haven on North Street

 Our pupils get a experience many varied working environments and careers including:

  • Tyre Fitting
  • Mechanics
  • Catering
  • Animal Care and Dog Grooming
  • Retail
  • Education
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Farming
  • Social Care
  • Community Support
  • Construction
  • Music and Theatre
  • Office Administration
  • Plumbing

Some pupils also undertake experiences within school to build confidence and prepare them for external placements. This includes admin tasks, supporting the Site Manager, catering for school events, creating and installing design features and displays and classroom support.