How many of us were lucky enough to have had our eyes opened to the opportunities that awaited us once we left school, let alone been given the life skills to navigate them?
Through St Helens Chamber’s Learning to Work Programme, schoolchildren have the opportunity to speak to local employers and find out more about the industries they work in – giving them insights on the types of jobs they could do when they leave school.
The Learning to Work programme, is designed to align with the PSHE Associations Programme of Study and delivers high quality career-related learning and personal development support.
This programme is so important to help raise the aspirations of local young people and educate them on opportunities available in our region. We’ve already had some fantastic feedback from local pupils and staff in schools across the city region, so the impact of the programme is clear. The Chamber are proud to run the Learning to Work Programme with the help of our sponsors Approved Power Supplies, McDonalds, Brendon International, Starbank Panel Products, and E-Verve Energy; we also appreciate the support of local employers like LCR Connect who give up their time to share their experiences with the children.Rachel Wellens, Education, Events and Partnerships Manager at St Helens Chamber
Since its relaunch in 2021, the programme has gathered significant momentum – the number of schools taking part has grown from 13 to 23 in the last twelve months, with schools from outside of St Helens also taking part.
Learning to Work runs over five sessions covering everything from required skills and qualities for specific roles, through to how to manage money and the types of careers available locally for children to aspire to. LCR Connect is one of a number of employers from across the region that is helping to inspire the next generation by taking part in the ‘Career Carousels’, the final session of the programme.
Run throughout the academic year, the Career Carousels take place in schools across the city region and allow small groups of children to talk to local employers from a variety of industry sectors; giving them the chance to ask any questions they might have.
LCR Connect is supporting the Career Carousels as the JV partners recognise the importance of young people receiving accurate and insightful careers advice. Staff from across both ITS and NGE, have visited seven schools so far. The team are also keen to help encourage young people to understand the different routes open to them, challenge gender stereotypes and open their eyes to what the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) can offer to help them fulfil their ambitions.
Career Carousels don’t only provide insights into what’s involved in the job, but young people can also gain real insights on how different skills and qualities link to job roles, and the importance of resilience.
St Helens Chamber is committed to making sure every young person in the Liverpool City Region is ready, willing, and able to contribute to our economy and community. We’re looking forward to continuing this work and working with local employers at our Career Carousels in the upcoming academic year.