Year 8 and 9 get ‘Work Ready’ at Moreton School with Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie


HeadStart is encouraging local school students to get Work Ready in a new employability programme aiming to enthuse, engage and inspire young people.

The HeadStart team have delivered an excellent range of motivating and confidence building programmes and have really engaged with the students. I was also grilled by mini Jeremy Paxmans for their podcast on policing and community safety. The students really rose to the occasion!
— Ashley Bertie, Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, West Midlands

Work Ready targets young people who may need additional support to ensure they develop self-confidence and high aspirations. The 6-part programme is delivered over two years in HeadStart secondary schools.

Sharlie Morais, HeadStart Placement Officer based in the Connexions Team, is leading the Work Ready programme. Sharlie helps young people identify the key skills and qualities required for success in any career. Sharlie delivers aspirational workshops, designed to inspire passion and support young people to visualise and plan their pathway to success.

In addition to a range of fun career-focused activities, local employers are invited to speak to students about their career journey. 

On 6th February, Moreton School students met the Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands. Ashley Bertie works alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, to set the priorities for policing in our area, decide on the budgets for West Midlands Police and challenge the Chief Constable and police leadership to continually improve local policing.

Ashley asked the students to identify and discuss the core skills, qualities and behaviours required in his challenging role in public service. He listened carefully as they shared their experiences of police work in the city and their ideas for improving the lives and safety of young people. The students then challenged Ashley with some tough questions of their own. You can listen to Ashley’s interview in the podcast available below:

Thanks to Ashley for visiting Moreton to share both his experiences and inspirational words.

Look out for more about the Work Ready programme on the HeadStart website soon!