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Witham: Maltings pupils are earning while they learn
1:00pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
Maltings Academy has put a different spin on the term school work, with some students now being employed there.
The Spinks Lane academy has advertised jobs such as receptionist and English tutors to its sixth form students.
The idea is the part time roles will fit around their studies while offering them the chance to earn some money.
All the roles pay above the minimum wage of £3.72.
Daren White, assistant vice principal, said: “We started offering these opportunities last year.
“It went down really well among the students and Ofsted loved how it involves the sixth form with our younger students so we decided to continue it this year.
“We have now advertised the positions available and a good number of students have applied.
“They will now be shortlisted and go through the same interview process any external job applicants would usually go through.
“There are not many jobs out there for young people which do not interfere with their school work.
“They get the best of both worlds as they can earn the money they want or need, but still concentrate on their studies.”
Some students who took part last year have used their tutoring experience to secure university places to work towards a career in teaching.
Mr White said: “We are doing our bit for employment and raising aspirations at the same time.”
Other students are working in voluntary roles, offering support in lessons in all subjects.
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