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Dreaming BIG at Frizington Primary School

Representatives from a range of local businesses brought careers and job titles to life when they visited Frizington Primary School on 30th October to speak with their year 5 & 6 students. This was the school’s Dream Big – Aspirations day and is the result of the Primary Business Partnership, an initiative set up by OneAIM that is intended to inspire the next generation of young people by linking primary schools throughout Allerdale and Copeland with local business people, to help light ambition in young minds while also underlining the hard work needed to achieve success in any field.

Sarah Glass from the Primary Business Partnership played host for the event and got the event off to a lively start by asking children to match the people in front of them with their careers.

Local business representatives supporting the day included:

• Emma Rydal – Owner of Laa’l Marra Productions and Actor

• Melanie Wheatley – A freelance Photographer and videographer

• Paul Wilson – NSG Environmental

• Dominic Farrell -NSG Consulting

The children had a chance to question the speakers and find out more about their fascinating careers following presentations from all the speakers.

The strong message that the children got from the session was that working hard is the only way to achieve your goals, that attitude and aptitude went along way and that it isn’t all about academic success. Everyone can follow their dreams and different pathways to get there and realise they can choose what they want to do and with hard work and perseverance, they will get there.

Pupils at Derwent Vale Primary School get given an insight into the manufacturing process at Amcor Flexibles – seeing first-hand how 30 million Walkers crisp packets are manufactured each day !!!

Pupils from Years 5 and 6 at Derwent Vale Primary School had a fascinating morning at Amcor Flexibles in Workington, where they gained a valuable insight into the manufacturing process and how packaging is produced for many of Amcor’s blue-chip clients within the snacks and confectionery markets.

Children were greeted by Laura Bowness, HR Business Partner for the company, based in Salterbeck, Workington, who organised the event. Laura gave them a health and safety introduction and overview of the company, who employ over 300 people and produce all the Walkers Crisp packets in the UK and produce and print packaging for many blue chip clients across the world. Children were given their very own PPE clothing to wear, before being given an exclusive tour of the various different departments within the manufacturing process. Children got to meet with many of the management team and employees based on site to get a better understanding of what they did and hear about local job opportunities, whilst gaining vital insights into the real world of work.

Derwent Vale Primary are involved in a pilot scheme, Primary Business Partnership, an initiative set up by OneAIM that is intended to inspire the next generation of young people by linking primary schools throughout Allerdale and Copeland with local businesses.

Ruth Graham a teacher at the school says

“The children absolutely loved their visit to the Amcor site. It was something really interesting and unusual and just not the kind of trip we’d normally go on. They enjoyed seeing somewhere quite grown up where they wouldn’t normally be allowed to go! The staff were so welcoming and great with the children. I think looking round the factory really helped the children think about how making things can be a real job when you grow up. Lots of them were inspired by the big machines and loved seeing the process of how the different packaging was made.”

Laura Bowness, HR Business Partner with the company said

” Amcor Flexibles Cumbria is keen to support local schools and when the opportunity arose to connect with Derwent Vale, we wasted no time in arranging a site visit to help with some of the topics being covered in the curriculum. The children were so excited about the visit and were on their best behaviour! They asked hundreds of questions about the process and what people did in their everyday jobs, it was a great opportunity for us to showcase what employment is available locally within the manufacturing industry. Amcor Flexibles Cumbria looks forward to growing this relationship in the future through this and similar schemes. Since the visit, we have arranged for some colleagues from our Engineering team to visit the school to support a STEM project at the request of the school. ”

Pupils at Eaglesfield Paddle Primary School learn paper making from leading paperboard company Iggesund

Pupils from year 1 & 2 at Eaglesfield Paddle Primary School had a fascinating morning today, gaining an insight into just what goes into making paper from Chris Sutcliffe and Nikita Huddart from Iggesund in Workington. The children got to hear all about the paper making process and how the paperboard was made at their Iggesund factory from log delivery right through to learning about how it turns into the thick paperboard and what it was used for. Their teacher, Mrs Sally Page, wanted this to bring to life their topic work, which was looking at everyday materials and their properties.

This workshop was coordinated through the Primary Business Partnership, an initiative setup and funded by OneAIM. The Primary Business Partnership inspires the next generation of young people by connecting primary schools throughout Allerdale and Copeland with local businesses.

Luke Richardson, Social Impact Manager for OneAIM said: “This visit is just one example of the way that the Primary Business Partnership helps to match primary schools with local businesses who can offer career/enterprise related activities to the next generation. Our job is really to listen to schools and businesses, match them carefully and then help bring them together with the minimum fuss. That means the schools, businesses and, most importantly, students benefit from our service.”

Bassenthwaite Careers Day

Imagine an Owl working in Design or Hospitality, ok maybe not the owl but if you’ve got the same personality traits then these could be the career paths you might choose.

This imaginative and engaging workshop, ‘Animal Me’ was delivered by Elizabeth and Jasmine from Kaefer and launched an exciting Career day at Bassenthwaite School last week. The children aged between 5-11 examined their own personality traits, were matched with an animal and then discussed how these traits might lead to different career pathways.

“The children really enjoyed finding out what animal they were and the types of jobs they were suited to”  S Royle, Headteacher at Bassenthwaite School.

Meanwhile the infants played guess my job with midwife, Kate Green, Shelley Collins from Bean on the Fells, pilot Dave Harbourne and Adam Collum, a caravan engineer at Threlkeld Hall Leisure Vehicle Services.

“Thanks for asking me along. It was great fun and I’m glad it stopped raining so everyone could enjoy their hot chocolate outside. ” Shelley Collins, Bean on the Fells.

After lunch the infants played the Animal Me game and the Juniors were set the task of setting up their own manufacturing business by James Kuechel from Red Pike Education, if you stumbled in after 2pm you might have mistaken the class room for a trading floor as the children battled to capture the market and sell their product.

 “All the children were fully engaged and the activity promoted team work and co-operation” S Royle, Head teacher at Bassenthwaite School

 My two haven’t stopped talking about it!! “, a parent.

The day was a resounding success, lots of fun, learning and plenty of questions.