Pupils enjoyed receiving an interactive insight into the world of work.
Newminster Middle School and Technology College in Morpeth recently hosted a Careers Fair where Year 8 students met professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and heard about their personal experiences.
They were also given advice and information about potential employment and academic routes, including apprenticeships, work experience and university opportunities.
The event was organised in collaboration with the North-East Education Business Partnership (NEBP) and parents of current Year 8 pupils.
Those attending included police officers and a police diver, physiotherapists, dentists, firefighters (who brought along a fire engine), the CEO of an oil and gas firm and people who work for major companies such as Procter & Gamble, Sainsbury’s, G4S and Barclays.
Pupil Nathan Davidson said: “It was a fantastic afternoon getting to meet lots of different interesting people. I especially enjoyed exploring the fire engine and learning about what it is like to be a firefighter.”
Lauren Howe said: “I liked being able to move around and meet different people. They gave us a lot of information about their careers and it was really good to see some of the equipment and tools they use in their job.”
Joe Dowd really enjoyed speaking to the police diver and he was very keen to hear what the physiotherapists had to say because of the sports science aspect – he would like to have a career in the sporting industry.
“I had a good insight into the different types of career that are available and we were given some interesting information about the financial side of businesses,” he added.
Rosie Havery said: “The most interesting speakers for me were the people who started up their own firm or enterprise. I didn’t realise how much work they need to put in to run the business.”
“We discovered that there are other sides to businesses of all sizes that you don’t generally read or hear about,” added Oriana Freeman.
To follow up on the event, NEBP organised for career personal advisors to return to the school the following week and take part in an informal consultation. During this time, students could ask any questions they wanted about careers and possible pathways.
On behalf of the school, Newminster teacher and student voice co-ordinator Andrea Ayres thanked the partnership as well as the workers, managers and parents who took part in the event.