Primary pupils get some careers advice

HAIR RAISING ... Harry Hall, aged 11, at the careers convention at Jarrow School.
HAIR RAISING ... Harry Hall, aged 11, at the careers convention at Jarrow School.

CHILDREN received a lesson in the world of work during an event at Jarrow School.

Numerous business organisations took part in the session at the school in Field Terrace, Jarrow, which allowed dozens of borough primary schoolchildren to learn about employment opportunities, ahead of starting secondary school education.

Complementing classroom skills in literacy and numeracy, the event helped children acquire employability expertise for the future.

The session was led by Inspire SMART Education, based at Simonside Primary School in Jarrow.

Gaye Young, a co-director of Inspire, along with Alison Pressling, said Jill Gillies, headteacher of Jarrow School, was “very supportive” of such events.

She said: “On behalf of Hedworthfield Primary School, we invited a number of Year 6 pupils from local primary schools to come along for a morning of interaction with people from the business sector. The event enabled the children to learn about a range of career pathways available to them in the world of work.

“We are targeting this age group as it plants the seed about skills, qualifications and the opportunities available to them when they leave school.

“By doing this, we are hoping it will give them a focus when making the transition to secondary school.”

A total of 17 organisations were represented at the event, including Ford Aerospace, Nissan, Northumbria Police, Quality Hotel, Boldon, and the Customs House, South Shields.

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