The Careers Inspiration programme has a single focus; helping young people to make informed decisions on their future careers. The programme achieves this by providing a wide range of supporting information and activities, all designed to increase pupils’ understanding of – and engagement with – the world of work that they will encounter after their period in education. The support includes opportunities to meet with, listen to and interact with a range of inspirational employers from different areas of work, enabling the students to develop their own ideas on the career (or careers) that most interest them.
In summary, we aim to equip young people with the ability to identify the skills, achievements and experience relevant to their newly found career aspirations and the ability to use this information effectively when choosing the education/training pathways that will lead to employment in their preferred area.
Following on from an employability checklist with Putteridge High School, it was identified that the school would like to increase their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities within school for all their year groups. The aim is to encourage the students to look more closely at the vast range of careers available to both males and females in businesses and companies reliant on one or more STEM skills.
In discussion with the with the school’s CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) team leader, we identified a group of 52 Year 7 and 8 students who would benefit from attending ‘The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair’, held at Birmingham NEC. This is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK and combines exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits, along with careers information from STEM professionals and educational providers.
The objective of the visit was to bring the students’ classroom learning to life – providing them with an experience that both demonstrated and allowed interaction with a huge range of exciting and rewarding opportunities in the STEM field, for those with the right experience and qualifications. This was supported by our IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) advisor, who was on hand to offer personalised encouragement, support, information, advice and guidance to students on all the various pathways that had interested them throughout the day.
The workshops, exhibits and presenters showed the students how the classroom-based activities they experience within their school are actually used, by real people in real jobs. It also provided the students with a chance to see and hear from inspiring engineers and scientists from some of the UK’s biggest companies and to find out more about the opportunities available in science and engineering from individuals who had aspired to, studied for and taken those opportunities themselves.
The Companies Exhibiting included:
- Rolls Royce
- National Grid
- Sellafield Ltd
- Network Rail
- British Aerospace
Comments from the participating students:
“I liked the hospital surgery and the chemical reaction …”
“All four subjects (STEM) could lead to many good, cool things….“
The teachers attending were impressed by:
“ The variety of apprenticeships … and the robots!”
“So many different careers in STEM “
“Both staff and students had a fantastic time. It would have been even better spending a bit longer there. The students thought everything was brilliant”
The student group had the opportunity to participate in interactive workshops and exhibits, as well speaking with STEM professionals and companies regarding their industries and the career opportunities and pathways available within those industries.
They thoroughly enjoyed the day and the feedback showed that they had been inspired by the event, with a majority of them saying that they would be more likely to pursue a career/college course in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths as a result.
The trip took place on the 18th March 2016
For any further information regarding this course or other projects we are involved in please call Denise Moreau on 01525 408088