Year 9 students benefit from World of Work Day


Year 9 students have recently enjoyed the annual World of Work Day. The event was organised by the school, in conjunction with Inspira, and various businesses from the local area were invited along to take part.

All Year 9 students participated in the special event, and took part in various activities including meet & greet sessions with the businesses, team building tasks and a special engineering competition.

Nathalie Hannan, Director of Learning for Year 9, managed the whole event:

“The World of Work day is extremely beneficial for our Year 9’s as it gives them an insight into what different jobs entail in terms of skills, qualifications and requirements.

It also gives our students an idea about what there is for them in West Cumbria. We are very grateful that so many employers gave up their time to come and work with our students.”

The meet & greet sessions were designed like speed dating, and gave the students a chance to interact directly with businesses such as The British Army, Copeland Borough Council, Morgan Sindall & The Beacon Museum.

Alan Gillon from The Beacon Museum comments:

“The opportunity to engage with the students at the World of Work was very rewarding for everyone involved. The students had some excellent questions and were eager to listen to the advice offered, some were even surprised that you could have a fulfilling and enjoyable career in the museum service. I hope though that this experience has shown the students just what a wide and varied future they can have here in West Cumbria”

As well as helping with the organisation of the event, Inspira also delivered some team building sessions on the day. Michael Priestley from Inspira comments:

“World of Work days are a great way of helping students get a good picture of what is available after school and the pathways open to them. They provide inspiration and give students something to aim for. We love to help schools organise these days and we are really grateful to all the employers who so willingly give up their time to support schools and young people.”

The final session involved a special engineering challenge, and had STEM Ambassadors from Sellafield, Cavendish Nuclear, Atkins and Jacobs assisting. The students were split into teams, and tasked with designing and building model vehicles, which were then tested and raced in competitions at the end.

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