Wombridge pupils gain insight into employment at 'guess my job' event

Wombridge Primary School pupils are full of praise for Telford & Wrekin Council’s Life Ready Work Ready team after attending the latest ‘guess my job’ session.

Wombridge pupils gain insight into employment at 'guess my job' event

Youngsters at the Telford school benefited enormously from the session which was supported by employee volunteers from businesses across the borough.

The event gave children the opportunity to ask employees about their job (yes or no answers only) before they were given five minutes to guess their correct profession.

Employees then described their career journey route into their current role and their training and qualifications before answering further questions from pupils.

The Life Ready Work Ready programme, funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), is part of the council’s Education & Skills service and the team deliver events at primary and high schools across the borough to help young people gear up for the workplace.

In addition, the Life Ready Work Ready team organises other ‘World of Work’ and speed networking events which give youngsters a better insight into employment and the different career pathways they can explore.

Pupils praised the sessions saying they really liked how employees spoke passionately about their jobs and how they gained some really interesting facts about the job they are hoping to do.

Liz Cooper, from the Year 6 team at Wombridge Primary School, said: “We are really grateful for the fantastic workshop organised by the Life Ready Work Ready team.

“Our pupils all had a fantastic time and found it really beneficial to speak to the volunteers and hear their stories as they consider what to focus on for a future career.”

Life Ready Work Ready already has a team of business volunteers from different local business sectors which support events and help young people to become work ready but is on the lookout for more.

Sam Harvey, Life Ready Work Ready Co-ordinator at Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “We really enjoyed delivering the session at Wombridge Primary School as we do all the activities at schools across the borough. 

“All the students were really engaged and asked a variety of questions which made the session such a pleasure. Hopefully, it has given them food for thought about different career pathways.

“Employers are really supportive of these activities and we are very grateful to those who are committing their time to these activities to help young people on their career and employment journey.

Councillor Eileen Callear (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Visitor Economy, Employment and Skills said: “Preparing young people for the workplace at an early age is really important – making sure they are aware of different career pathways and the skills and qualifications they need to progress.

“These events ensure that students in schools across the borough are starting to think about their next steps in both the later stages of primary school and as they start their high school years.

“It’s fantastic to hear how much the pupils at Wombridge benefited from this latest session.

“These activities all aim to bridge the gap between education and the workplace and provide positive activities and experiences for young people which will stand them in good stead for employment.”

If you are an employer/employee interesting in supporting these school events or becoming a Life Ready Work Ready business volunteer, please email: lifereadyworkready@telford.gov.uk