HUNDREDS of students got an insight into what is in store when they leave school with a packed careers week.
Dyke House Sports and Technology College in Hartlepool held a series of events to help prepare pupils for the world of work.
They performed various tasks to benefit the local community and worked with business professionals to learn how to give themselves the best chance of employment.
The pupils spent the stat of the work doing good deeds as part of Make a Difference Day.
That included students working with the council’s parks and countryside team tidying up Burn Valley Gardens.
Others baked cakes and served them to residents of Manor Park Care Home.
Becky Stanley of the parks and countryside team said: “They cleared the beck of rubbish and litter then did some weeding and put in bedding plants to brighten the area up.
“They did a good job and definitely did make a difference.
“The gardens was a lot cleaner and brighter and by the end of the day about 10 bin liners of rubbish had been removed from the beck.”
One day was spent in school building team work skills in an Enterprise Day when the students had to solve problems and work to deadlines.
Another was spent sampling courses at Hartlepool College of Further Education in Stockton Street.
The week was rounded off with a day working alongside established business people at Wynyard Park.
More than 30 volunteered their time including representatives from Gus Robinson Developments, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool JobcentrePlus, Hartlepool Borough Council and Belle Vie Sports and Community Centre.
They picked up tips on how to apply for jobs and practiced their interview skills.
Sue Sheldrick, Dyke House’s careers manager said: “It was all about promoting their employability.
“Rather than us teachers delivering the activity it had a lot more kudos coming from real people.
“I think this year has been one of the best weeks we have ever done.
“The students were really responsive and open to trying new things and we’ve had a lot of positive feedback from all parties involved.”
Around 220 teenagers in Year 10 took part in the careers week.