Pictures above features Daniella Martin, Student (Ex-Taverham High School) learning to cook.  For more information about Daniella's experience on the 'Cooking from Scratch' course, follow this link.

In today’s competitive job market, universities and employers are looking for those students who have acquired knowledge and skills through their courses, and also gained a range of employability skills through work experience, voluntary and other activities which encourage personal development.

You can achieve this through completing the Paston Employability Skills Award which shows universities and employers that you are someone who makes the most of their opportunities. 

In the PESA, you build points by completing a series of activities and tasks. 

How to build your points:

  • Develop a new interest or hobby
  • Visit a new country to widen your horizons
  • Take up a sport
  • Attend a lecture in our visiting speakers' programme.
  • Work experience – ideally you should find a placement at weekends or during the holidays which will give you more insight into your chosen career.
  • Volunteer - a chance to learn new skills, gain valuable experience and meet interesting people. It can also help with career choices and applications and make a real difference in the community.
  • Complete a First Aid course so that you could potentially save someone's life. 
  • Fund raise - get involved in student-led activities to raise money for charities. 
  • Become a mentor at your old school and help others to succeed. 
  • Be a student helper on Taster and Open days or in promoting Paston in school events.
  • Visit a university and prepare a university application. 
  • Complete a work placement relevant to a future career during the weekends or holidays.
  • Represent Paston by joining Far East, taking part in competitions, being a Student Ambassador.
  • Getting involved by being elected to the Student Board, joinng the Student Executive, join a college committee, become a Governor, Organise a social event, fundraising.
  • You can start the Paston Employability Skills Award by picking up a card from your tutor.