Around 350 pupils from 13 Wisbech Primary Schools with their teachers and support staff attended this year’s Primary Careers Convention.
The pupils were from Year 6 (10 and 11 years old) and will begin their secondary education in September. The convention was held in the theatre space at the Thomas Clarkson Academy. Over the past months, Wisbech Schools Partnership Co-ordinator Pam Clark has been seeking the support of both local and national employers, asking them to attend on the day and to contribute careers information to the WSP primary careers website and to the pupils’ careers workbooks, which were used in classrooms during the run-up to the convention.
She was delighted with the response with a record 25 employers attending. These included representatives from nursing, the armed forces, farming, retail, finance, the building trade, theatre/film and councils. In addition the College of West Anglia brought representatives from five departments. The employers were impressed with the questions asked by the pupils and by their behaviour and courtesy.
One pupil was heard to say, on leaving the convention, “Best day ever!”
Pam Clark said: “The careers project has created the opportunity for a significant number of Wisbech children to develop their thoughts and ideas about their future careers by giving them information and the opportunity to talk face-to-face with the employers and colleges.
“This is part of the ‘Raising Aspirations’ work of the Wisbech Schools’ Partnership.”
The initiative was supported by Fenland District Council, Wisbech Round Table, Norwich & Peterborough Building Society and Towlers Coaches who all offered financial support, and by Thomas Clarkson Academy who hosted the event.