The idea of leaving to learn is far more than a work experience program.
In the Big Picture Academy, we believe that learning can happen anywhere, not just inside classroom walls. Learning through internship (LTI) involves students spending minimum of a day a week within a community organisation or business of their choosing to become an active member of their team.
Internships can be preceded by interviewing an expert or spending a shadow day with an organisation. The internship can run over the school term or longer. LTIs allow students to experience more aspects of the workplace, make their own networks and make strong connections with an adult with similar interests, called a mentor.
Under the direction of a mentor, students produce meaningful work at their placements in the form of a project. Students and their mentor within the organisation design a project around their passion, one which will give the student skills while allowing them to contribute something helpful back to the organisation or business. They present their LTI project at school as evidence of their learning within their exhibition.
Project work is designed to foster broad learning as well as students’ vocational and employability skills. The internship is integrated with the student's learning goals and school-based study. Students include LTIs as part of their term learning plan.