West Cumbrian jobs and employability skills to be showcased in innovative careers event.

Up to 650 pupils, aged 10 to 11 years old, from 23 West Cumbrian schools have the opportunity to find out more about jobs and employability skills in an innovative ‘hands-on’ careers awareness event – ‘Jobs in our community’.

To be held at the Leisure Centre, Workington on the 10th and 11th June, pupils will have the chance to see how their school subjects relate to their future working life. The young people will also hear from local employers and Further/Higher Education providers about how doing as well as they can in school and maintaining their participation in learning is important. The event has been organised by Inspira with funding provided by Sellafield Sites. Local employers and organisations have also contributed their time and enthusiasm to the event.

There will be more than 20 stands covering a wide range of career options such as science, engineering, childcare, catering, the police, Fire Service, sport and motor vehicle maintenance. The pupils will also have the chance to try out practical activities such trying on work clothes, doing scientific experiments and finding out about dental hygiene.

This week the schools will be provided with class preparation materials including a poster competition with a prize for each school.

Bertha Priestley, a professional adviser with Inspira, said, “The change from primary to secondary school can be a difficult one for some youngsters and motivation can suffer. We organise this event to help pupils understand that what they are doing now in school is important for their future. It also shows the range of jobs they can aspire to if they do their best and stick at it.”

Mrs Priestley continues, “We also stress the importance of developing soft skills which are important for employment, such as how to work together as a team.”

‘Jobs in our community’ started in 2001, and it has continued to receive enthusiastic feedback from pupils, teachers and representatives alike. The event will take place between 9.30am and 3.00pm.

The event is organised by Inspira, the leading career management and personal development organisation based in Cumbria. Inspira delivers services and programmes to help young people and adults build skills for life and employment.

Contact details:
Advice Services centre, delivered by Inspira
Roper Street Whitehaven
Bertha Priestley, Professional Adviser
01946 695541