Jobs In Our Community event encourages Year 6 to start thinking about careers

Over 600 Year 6 children from 21 primary schools across Allerdale and Copeland, descended onto Lakes' College campus for the annual Jobs in our Community event on Wednesday 20th of June.

A range of employers from sectors such as engineering, science, hospitality, construction, public services, sport, finance and health, were on hand to talk to the young people about possible career paths employment.

"The event lets the children find out about the range of jobs in West Cumbria. Often, they will think of careers such as nurses and firemen, but this event makes them think about other options too like engineering and apprenticeships.”

- Georgina Taylor, the Year 6 Teacher at St Bridget's Catholic Primary School.

Equipped with a treasure hunt style questionnaire, the young people made their way around the fair asking questions and trying new things.

“It been really inspiring for the children, there are a range of jobs and great practical activities.”

- Mr Gale, Fairfield Primary School.

Funded by the Cumbria Community Foundation and organised by Inspira, the event is aimed at introducing children in Year 6 to the world of work, helping them understand the wide variety of jobs available in a wide range of sectors which will help them to start the process of thinking about their future career paths.

“It was amazing. I like to test virtual reality – it’s the best day of my life.”

- Mason Rothery, a student at Allonby School who had queued up to try the virtual reality headset.