• Enabling pupils to make the link between what they are learning and the world of work

Category Archives: Career-related learning

From Cockroaches to Mines and Frogs to Paragliding

The children at St Bega’s C of E Primary learnt about how to dream BIG!

Last week volunteers from a range of local businesses brought careers and job titles to life when they visited St Bega’s C of E Primary School, Eskdale as part of their DREAM BIG Aspirations morning.

Celia MacKenzie, from the Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners, talked about how her career was built around her love of horses. She decided to go to University to study Zoology but ended up training to be an accountant.

Paul Fletcher, from Wood PLC, told the children about his career journey working in steel mills, power stations, mines to ending up working in the nuclear industry.

Carol Pugh, from Copeland Borough Council, used to work as a tutor but stated her new job at the Council a month ago. She showed the children pictures of her tandem paragliding jump and emphasised the importance of hobbies and how they teach you skills that are transferable to the world of work.

The strong message that the children got from the session was that working hard is the only way to achieve your goals. Something the children’s teacher very much appreciated, commenting to the speakers that the children were very engaged and thoroughly enjoyed the session. The children said: I liked everything about the workshop especially getting to hear from the volunteers explaining about their jobs and the job interviews helped me to think about the job I wanted to do.

Paul Fletcher Director at Wood PLC who is Governor at the school said: It was a fantastic activity. The children were very attentive, well behaved and really participated. I’d do another session! Carol Pugh from Copeland Borough Council also commented: This has been such a lovely session. It’s been fantastic listening to the children talking about their futures. It was an extremely good, well planned facilitated activity with all the children engaged.

If you are a school wanting to run a similar session, or a business willing to volunteer to deliver a similar session, please contact the Primary Business Partnership team on 01900 824822 or [email protected]  or [email protected] 

Reach for the Sky

That’s what the students of Allonby Primary were aiming for when they were set the challenge of building the tallest tower out of Lego during a Dream Job session.

And to give them the best chance ever we took in our very own Civil Engineer, Vasileios Tsepis from Sellafield Ltd.

First we got the children to think about their own Dream Jobs, the sky’s the limit and in Allonby’s case it really was, with a number of the children wanting to be pilots! We then tested them on a whole variety of jobs – highest earning, most dangerous, most wanted and the jobs their parents want them to do and why. We talked about our own jobs and Vasileois explained how he’d followed his dream job to the UK leaving his home, Greece, behind. The children were really engaged, the activity threw up lots of questions and as a group we pondered the future and the kind of jobs that might exist.

One pupil wrote afterwards “I loved the lesson because it was so so so fun

Once the Lego part of the session began, Vasileios was in demand, his knowledge in design, construction and health and safety came into it’s own during this activity and the children were keen to take on board his tips in an effort to be crowned winner of the tallest tower.

The students enjoyed the session,
“It was the best session ever because we built with Lego”

A big thanks to Vasileois and to the children of Allonby a really fantastic session.

If you’d like to book one of these sessions in your school or if you’d like to offer to come along and talk about your job and support the workshop please get in touch with the Primary Business Partnership team
[email protected]  or [email protected] 

The Future’s exciting at Maryport Primary

“I loved it, it was very fun and exciting to find out their jobs!

This is what one student from Maryport Primary reported when Mark Cant from Sellafield, Cath Wilson from Lakes College and Eagan Carson-Walker also from Sellafield joined Primary Business Partnership at Maryport Primary for an Aspiration Session.

Adventures in the Jungle, investigating murders and guarding some of the top military personnel are just some of the things our business volunteers have got up to and shared with the children from Maryport Juniors.

The children got the opportunity to think and chat about their own futures and what they might like to do. They got to play a Guess who game and then had the opportunity to grill the volunteers by asking them questions about their career journeys, how they coped with failure and who inspired them to do what they do were just some of the questions.

If you’d like to book one of these sessions in your school or if you’d like to offer to come along and share your career journey, please get in touch with the Primary Business Partnership team

[email protected]  or [email protected] 

Contract to Cube-it

Congratulations to St Mary’s Catholic School, Harrington who took on the challenge to experience the Contract to Cube-it workshop.

A huge thank you to Steph Armstrong from Department of Works & Pension who volunteered to help.

Another fantastic session with Primary Business Partnership at St Mary’s Primary, Harrington – Contract to Cube-It – promoting a broad range of mathematical and business skills, with a healthy mix of competition and collaboration between teams. They used materials to build simple cubes and structures and buying and selling items to make a profit. The children worked well in their respective teams and were a credit to the school”.

Helen Bennett, from the school explains, “The event was well led and very informative. This was a tricky challenge but ALL children managed to make the cubes including our SENDs Children, and all used their own particular skills to contribute to completing their challenges as a team”.

It’s a challenging workshop, but one that is so rewarding and leaves plenty of room for all to find a role and a purpose within the team. Here’s what the children thought,

I think it went well because we all had different jobs

I was a bit frustrated about it at first but then I got it” 

I felt proud because we made C model. It was hard

And it wasn’t just the children who gained from the workshop.

 “All staff thoroughly enjoyed this workshop. It has given us all ideas to use in the class in the future”.  Jonathan Graham, teacher at St Mary’s Primary School.

The workshop developed with Red Pike Education, is a great session promoting mathematical and business skills with a healthy mix of competition and collaboration with teams.

If you’d like to book this session, volunteer to support or borrow a resource box and access the lesson plan and deliver yourselves get in touch with the Primary Business Partnership team.
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