Changing Horizons Event at The Winter Gardens: Wednesday 29th March 2017
Some of our Year 6 pupils had a fantastic day on Wednesday 29th March at the Changing Horizons event organized by the Civil Service in Blackpool.
Evidence shows that increasing the interactions young people have with the world of work reduces their chances of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training), increases earning capacity by 16% and significantly improves their confidence to achieve career aspirations.
Justine Greening (Education Secretary) is investing £60m in ‘Opportunity Areas’ to help children in areas where there are less employment opportunities. As a result, Blackpool hosted ‘Changing Horizons’, an event which aimed to raise aspirations of young people and their families. This ground breaking event involved almost 700 young people, a significant number of local employers, educational establishments and groups from the voluntary sector.
Our Year 6 pupils had the opportunity to learn about career opportunities in the Civil Service and other major employers in the locality. They played games and took part in activities, which allowed them to identify the skills that they will need in the world of work. By the end of the day, the feedback from the children who took part was that they felt more confident about themselves and about their future.