Primary Careers Programme
In conjunction with Stoke-on-Trent City council, Forest Park has this year implemented a careers programme aimed at raising aspirations, breaking down barriers and showing our children how to reach their full potential. Year 5 and 6 children have been taking part in activities to better understand the world of work. We have visited workplaces, invited guest speakers to talk about their careers, taken part in STEM activities to analyse how teams work and improved our confidence at one of our local high schools. Take a look at what we have been doing.

Health and Safety first!

In January, we had a visit from a member of the Orchard Academy Trust, Mr Chris Tarr, who spoke to our budding business people about the importance of Health and Safety in whatever business they were aiming for. With a hands on experiment involving a tomato, a safety shoe and a hammer, the children were left in no doubt that Health and safety is everyone's business. A very interesting afternoon!

Co-op Academy

In February, our year 6 children visited the Co-op Academy as part of our careers and transition activities. We were re-united with some of our old pupils and had a great morning exploring the careers of stone age man! After some confidence and team building exercises managed by the Young Leaders at the Co-op, we all decided on a stone age career. We had hunters, fruit gatherers, healers and an unexpected number of chiefs!

Port Vale Football Club

In March 2020, we visited Port Vale in Burslem to see the many and varied roles that it takes to run a professional football club. We visited the club shop, the medical room, the laundry and the great hospitality facilities the club has to offer. We were astounded by the number of roles within the club, we counted about 55, and that's not counting the players. We had a tour, met the team and manager and even bumped into Mr John Rudge, a legend in Stoke-on-Trent.

Guess the job of our guests

The children in Years 5 and 6 had a great opportunity to ask all the burning questions that they had about the world of work, when they spent an hour trying to guess the jobs of our guests. It was a great morning, not only because of the brilliant questions from our children, but also as they showed their great listening skills. It was lovely to see some parents there too.

Hairdressing

Some of our children who are interested in the creative arts visited Stephen Miller Hairdressing in March. We learnt about what it takes to be a great hairdresser, looked at the systems in place to organise a business and the other skills required (It's not just about cutting hair!) Stephen was a very interesting man, with a very varied career, including the law and being a pilot!

Engineering

This was the activity that has scored highest on the fun scale! After an initial talk about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and the careers that are available in Stoke-on-Trent, the children became engineers and built their own roller coasters. The idea was to safely guide a marble using thousands of metres of sellotape, expertly cut card and frames. After seeing the results, we have no doubt that some of our young people will be going on to study engineering!

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