Visit’s just the job

Leanne Swainston of Carillion pictured with St Bedes comprehensive school pupils Adam Davies and Helena Steadman during the careers event at the Peterlee Building site.

Leanne Swainston of Carillion pictured with St Bedes comprehensive school pupils Adam Davies and Helena Steadman during the careers event at the Peterlee Building site.

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STUDENTS gained an insight in to the world of work during a careers awareness day.

Year 7 pupils at St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School, in Peterlee, learned about jobs and career opportunities available to them.

The youngsters looked at different jobs around the school and also got the opporunity to visit the site of construction firm, Carillion.

The firm’s staff are currently hard at work building a new school for St Bede’s and the youngsters got an up-close view of the site.

They also spoke in depth to site manager Leanne Swainston.

Andrew Aberdeen, information, advice and guidance officer at the school, in Westway, Peterlee, said: “The purpose of careers education at St Bede’s Comprehensive is to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to enable them to function within the workplace.

“This purpose is put into practice through a series of off-timetable days throughout the year to give us, as a school, a chance to do something different with the students.”

Mr Aberdeen added: “Part of the day was looking at jobs involved within the school to help the students realise that all organisations are essentially businesses and run along similar lines.

“Finally they also spent time with Carillion staff who highlighted what they did, how they were organised and what careers they had helping students to contrast different businesses.”

Paul Dickson, assistant headteacher at the school, added: “We want students to be aware of the range of jobs and careers available to them also to promite high aspirations.

“Many of the jobs entail study well beyond school and students were asked to think about what it means to be a life-long learner.”