Careers day highlights world of work

Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, was also represented.
Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, was also represented.

Pupils at a Morpeth middle school enjoyed a range of activities that gave them an insight into the world of work.

The Careers Day kicked off with a career speed-dating activity where the Year 8 students met and grilled the employees about their jobs.

Kirk Douglas of the Royal Navy at the Newminster Careers Day.

Kirk Douglas of the Royal Navy at the Newminster Careers Day.

This was followed by tailored advice sessions from Durham University and Newcastle College, a self-employed Christmas decorator and the careers guidance team from Northumberland County Council.

The initiative at Newminster Middle School and Technology College was run in partnership with Carole Richards from Northumberland Education Business Partnership and was also supported by a parent of a Newminster pupil, Mr Oliver, who stepped in to represent his role in the NHS as clinical psychologist.

The afternoon sessions were jam-packed with fun and information from the police service, fire service, Army, RAF and Navy. The businesses represented included Barclays, Specsavers and IHC Merwede.

Sumeena Razzaqi, assistant headteacher at the school, said: “At Newminster, we believe high quality, independent careers guidance is crucial in helping pupils emerge from school more fully rounded and ready for the world of work.

The IHC Merwede representative makes a point to pupils.

The IHC Merwede representative makes a point to pupils.

“The Careers Day is a vehicle for every pupil to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers.

“Inspiring every pupil through more real-life contacts with the world of work can help them understand where different choices can take them in the future.”

Mrs Richards said there is a ‘clear moral, social and economic purpose’ to improving careers provision for all young people.

She added: “It is essential that all young people must be given the chance to gain more experience of the world of work and be inspired to see possibilities and goals that are worthwhile and relevant to them.

“We need every school to appreciate the importance of employer-engagement as employers from all sectors are concerned about the lack of workplace skills such as communication and teamwork.”