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Career workshops prepare pupils for world of work

They may still have a long way to go before starting their careers but these children are already being prepared for the world of work.

The year 5 and 6 Jubilee Academy pupils have been taking part in career path workshops held at the Walsall-based school to help them gain advice and knowledge about what to expect after school life.

It comes amid recent reports that ministers believe children as young as 10 should be given careers advice.

The workshop sessions, led by Education Business Services, included raising the children’s awareness of aspirations and career paths, with guest speakers from a variety of industries including the Department for Work and Pensions and local businesses.

The pupils were also shown the importance of effective CV writing, filling in application forms, listening/interview techniques and personal presentation.

David Brownsword, Principal, said: “I think preparing children for the world of work and the opportunities out there is an essential part of primary education.

“At this age children are like sponges and they absorb so much. The earlier we prepare children the easier it will be for them to succeed in later life.

“The workshops that we do here build in those key life skills such as resilience, perseverance, hard work, a desire to succeed and self-confidence.

“The children have absolutely loved these sessions and get incredibly excited beforehand. They get so much out of them. I would recommend all primary schools to get involved in this type of project.”

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