Students at West Lakes Academy had the chance to find out about prospective careers at a World of Work day in association with Inspira.
Year 8 students took part in a range of activities throughout the day to learn about the wide range of career options available to them, develop teamwork skills and develop their understanding of university, apprenticeships and employment.
Local employers who supported the event included; Howgill, Sellafield, Copeland Borough Council, NHS, Burnetts, and Balfour Beatty. Students took part in a speed networking exercise, where they had the opportunity to meet with employers and find out about their respective careers. The students were then set a number of team-building exercises, in which students were given a task to complete before they were given feedback on their communication skills and problem solving abilities.
Time was also allocated for students to consider their future pathways and look in to the local and national labour market and consider career routes in line with their dreams and aspirations. Inspira were also on hand throughout the morning to provide independent advice and guidance.
West Lakes Academy teacher, Siobhain Walter commented, “We work to support all students to achieve their goals and to know the importance of careers education. It was a fantastic event, to provide our students with the opportunity to meet employers from different areas of employment is invaluable. We place a firm emphasis on the importance of careers education, information, advice and guidance. We firmly believe that it is our role to prepare our young people for the working world. Our students were asking incredibly insightful questions and were incredibly positive about the event. Employers commented on the drive and ambition presented by our students and their polite and respectful approach.”