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Internal News - 29 September 2008

Calling all students: Get paid for work experience

The Widening Participation team is now seeking applications from students for roles in 2008/9 to help school pupils reach their full potential and aim for higher education as part of the Bath Ambassador Scheme.

Students can work as mentors or tutors with individual children and classes, or become events staff at school visits, open days, summer schools, subject-taster sessions and higher education awareness events.

What are the benefits?

For students, the benefits of joining the widening participation scheme are numerous: gaining work experience to put on your CV, participating in training activities, improving your interpersonal and communication skills, increasing your confidence and gaining satisfaction through helping young people achieve their potential. And of course, you get paid too!

“Students can sign up for as much or as little as they want to commit to,” said Liz Andrews, Outreach Events Coordinator at the University.

What does it involve?

“Their role is to share their own experience of higher education and to give pupils guidance and support in their studies.

“Practically, this ranges from weekly emails to school pupils, to one-to-one coaching sessions, to helping out in a classroom or running an after-school club.

“We provide full training and all the roles have excellent rates of pay, plus the chance to add valuable work experience to your CV.

“Anyone can apply for a position on the Bath Ambassador Scheme but students must have a good understanding of the British school system and excellent English.”

Everyone who applies to take part in the Bath Ambassador Scheme must complete a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check before commencing work.

Interested in a career in teaching?

Also available as part of the Bath Ambassador Scheme is the Student Associate Scheme. This is a programme offered to students who are not on Initial Teacher Training courses but would like to find out more about a career in education.

The course subjects available currently are Maths and Science. To apply, students should hold at least an A-Level and, preferably, be on a Higher Education course in the subject.

If you would like to get involved in one or more of these schemes, more information is available via email:outreach@bath.ac.uk or by calling the Department of Widening Participation on ext 4041.

The application deadline is Friday 3 October 2008.