Pupils look towards their futures

Lottie Turnbull and Ellen Stephenson with Samantha Bringloe of BL Hairdressing. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Lottie Turnbull and Ellen Stephenson with Samantha Bringloe of BL Hairdressing. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Ponteland school students enjoyed an interactive careers event just before the end of term.

Businesses from a range of sectors were represented, along with service organisations, colleges, universities, training providers and charitable organisations.

It was the second World of Work Day at Ponteland High School and it was bigger than the inaugural event. The main attractions included a flight simulator brought along by Newcastle College and Barclays Bank’s interactive wall.

The initiative for pupils from Year 8 to Year 12 involved dividing different parts of the school into zones so similar business sectors and educational organisations could be together. There were also sessions on employability skills.

Assistant headteacher Jenny Thomas said: “As a result of the success of our first World of Work Day last year, the students were very excited about this event, the 2014 exhibitors returned this year and other businesses and organisations came along too.

“The aim was to provide our young people with an insight into currently available and future careers and some of the activities captured their imagination about the opportunities that are out there. They also got an understanding of the local, regional and national labour market.

“As well as the flight simulator and interactive wall, Bibby Offshore brought along a diving helmet for students to try on and the Theatre Royal brought some old programmes with them to help inform the pupils about the various roles available in the drama industry.

“The feedback from the students and exhibitors was once again very positive. The format of the day meant pupils could enter into conversations with the representatives from the industries they are most interested in and a few visits to exhibitors’ places of work were arranged.”

The representative from BL Hairdressing, Samantha Bringloe, said in a message to the school: “I had a fab time at your event and found all the students to be very polite and engaging. They are a real credit to the school.”

The other firms and organisations that had representatives at the World of Work Day included Northumbria Police, the Army, Benfield Motor Group, Tynedale Hospice, Hilton hotel chain, RNLI, Muckle LLP, Henry’s Hut, Kirkley Hall, Macmillan Cancer Support, NHS, Newcastle University, Sunderland University, Sodexo and the Skills North East organisation.