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

Category Archives: Career-related learning

Make volunteering part of your business.

Six months ago, we had a chance meeting with the team from Honister Slate Mine. Employee Tori Jones volunteered for one of our Aspiration Sessions. She shared her career journey with the children along with other business volunteers and after we discussed plans Honister had about getting out into the community and engaging with other local schools.

Honister is a small business in the centre of the Lake District, they produce the World famous Westmorland Green Slate a beautiful, functional 450 million year old material in the last working slate mine in England. They have also diversified to create a sustainable business by providing the opportunity to take adventure to the limit with Mine tours, Via Ferrata, Climb the Mine and an infamous Burma bridge called The Infinity Bridge.

Jan Wilkinson, Honister Slate Mine co-owner explains “The timing was quirky as we were looking at visiting our own local schools to initiate a relationship with them. We were wanting to show the local children what they have in their “own back yards”, from the great way to see and learn outside the classroom, geography, geology and history. But also their social history, be inspired by some of their ancestors and understand a little of how modern lives still use the legacies of those people. We interact and show the children how a very old manufacturer of a product formed from the times of dinosaurs is used today. The where and how, the new modern income streams and how getting out into open space actually can be fun too”.

Fast forward six months later, with the support of the Primary Business Partnership, Honister has worked with the schools and delivered these sessions in seven primary schools across Allerdale and Copeland.

Last month Tori was in St Michael’s Primary School, Bothel where, Miss Vicky Skelton had this to say.
 “A brilliant session informing the children about the slate mine and geology which has sparked curiosity from all involved. Both staff members were brilliant with the class and accommodated to all needs, an informative session enjoyed by all, thank you”. 

And the children had more to add, here’s a few of their comments:
 “I think this session went really well because Tori taught me some really good stuff like the gold wasn’t real and she also let me help.
 I liked the fact that we could handle actual rock and see the grain in it
 I thought it was amazing and I learnt lots

If you are a business and want to find out more about volunteering, how it can develop your team and your business then get in touch. We can help you engage with your local community, educate and inspire.
Get in touch with the Primary Business Partnership team
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Do you want to be a Professional Cuddler or Chocolate Taster?

The children at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Cleator Moor learnt about the most dangerous and best jobs in the world.

Earlier this week the children at St Patricks’s Catholic Primary were joined by Primary Business partnership and Eagan Carson-Walker and Alicia Teasdale from Sellafield to talk about different types of jobs.

The children were encouraged to dream BIG, to think about their dream job, tempted by a chocolate tasting role? Maybe sleeping is your thing and you could test out mattresses? Or maybe you’re adrenalin fuelled and a water slide tester is the role for you? These questions got the children thinking and talking about what it is they’d like to do, what are they good at and what do they love doing now. We talked about the most dangerous jobs in the World, the best jobs, the jobs of the future and the jobs that earn the most money.

After all the talk about jobs it was time to get down to something practical. It’s Lego time! The children were split into groups and challenged with a variety of design and constructing tasks all set to a timer. Creativity and energy along with team work, communication and problem-solving skills got the challenges off to a good start but it was the design, construction and attention to detail that set the winners apart.

After the session some of the children said:
I really liked it and it inspired me to more confident about the future. 
I felt it was very good and taught me that teamwork is always the best”. 

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] 

The Northside Cube Building Company

The pupils at Northside Primary school, Workington were joined by James Kuechel, Red Pike Education and Claire Johnson from thee Primary Business Partnership to set up their own manufacturing businesses as part of the Contract to Cube-it workshop.

The children created their own manufacturing business, learnt about industry, adding value, making decisions about their product and how best to produce it. The children used a range of skills from mathematical, communication, decision making, team work, negotiation and collaboration.

All of the children (and the teachers!) were great at making the cubes and they all got involved in selling their products and buying need raw materials to build bigger and better structures with their cubes.

If you’d like to book one of these sessions in your school or if you’d like to offer to help or borrow a box and delivery one of these workshops yourself please get in touch with the Primary Business Partnership team.

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What would your Dream Job be?

This is what we asked the children of Oughterside Primary School last week when Primary Business Partnership delivered a Dream Job session with Steph Armstrong from the Department for Work and Pensions.

The children got an opportunity to guess the kind of things it was Steph did at work and what sort of skills were required, they were fascinated to discover her boss was the Prime Minister!

While the children were all dressed up in Red for the Chinese New Year so it seemed apt to explore their own fortunes. The children thought about their own dream job, what skills they might require and what they might need to do to achieve it. Then we had some fun thinking about some of the best jobs in the World, I think everyone pretty much fancied a stint as Chocolate Taster!

The children split into smaller groups for the second part of the session where they were tasked with a construction challenge. The children experienced team work developed their communication, negotiation, planning, working under pressure and delivering skills all while having fun at the same time.

The kids really enjoyed today and got a great deal from it. The solutions they came up with and the way they thought about the future was really interesting to listen to and watch. Hopefully it has given the kids something to think about and aspire to”.  Mrs Sarah Jardine, Head Teacher, Oughterside Primary School

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