Workers speak to primary children in new scheme

The message that employers need to get more involved in careers education of the young is getting through. The head teachers union NAHT has developed a scheme called Primary Futures, which aims to recruit 100,000 workers who will visit primary schools in England to talk to children about their jobs.

The aim of the scheme is to inspire children under the age of 11, and broaden their knowledge of what careers may be out there.

A pilot ran at a primary school in Barnsley saw a senior female paramedic present to children. The head teacher, Steve Iredale, told the BBC: “The children could see a real link as she highlighted the importance of writing patient notes neatly to avoid the threat to someone’s safety caused by illegible case notes.”

The government has repeatedly highlighted that the future of effective careers education needs to see employers engaging with schools. The Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme links large businesses with secondary schools via skills workshops, one-to-one mentoring, work experience opportunities and public speakers. To find out more, please call Amber Bullingham on 0333 200 4703.

Helen Robinson