Careers Wales recently organised a unique Additional Learning Needs (ALN) careers day for Ysgol Crug Glas in partnership with the British Trasport Police. 

The event, held on 15 March 2024, provided students with meaningful exposure to career opportunities. 

Andrea John, a business engagement adviser at Careers Wales, arranged an interactive session featuring two PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers), Jade Morgan and Kyle Flowers, from the British Transport Police. The session was tailored to accommodate the sensory requirements of the students with complex needs and challenges. 

Andrea explained: “Having worked with the British Transport Police previously and seen first-hand the fantastic work they do with schools, I asked if they would support an activity for Ysgol Crug Glas. Working together to adapt the support to fit the students’ specialised needs was a huge part of why this event was so successful. It’s these collaborative efforts that truly make a difference, ensuring students receive the tailored support they need to thrive” 

During the session, pupils had the opportunity to engage with various sensory activities, including listening to authentic railway sounds through QR codes, experiencing flashing lights, and trying on police uniforms.  

The activities were designed to provide a hands-on understanding of the roles and responsibilities within the British Transport Police and the railway industry. 

Mark Saunders, ALN Teacher at Ysgol Crug Glas, said: “I want to express my gratitude to Andrea, Jade and Kyle for conducting an exceptional session. The young people and staff members enjoyed it a lot. The learning environment was both engaging and relaxing, and everyone participated enthusiastically in the activities. The level of support and time given to the pupils was amazing.” 

In the future, the school plans to visit the railway station to further build on this activity and enrich the students’ learning experiences. The visit will offer students the chance to interact with railway personnel, expanding their understanding of career possibilities within the transportation sector. 

Jade Morgan, Police Community Support Officer, said: “Kyle and I thoroughly enjoyed participating in this event and are excited to invite the pupils and staff to Swansea Train station to meet all of the amazing staff there.” 

For information relating to careers support and guidance, head to the Careers Wales website.