Developing Young Workforce

On Friday 7th May, pupils at Bower Primary School  held their Careers Fayre 2021.

During Term 2, pupils engaged in remote Developing Young Workforce activities focused on skill acquisition and exploration into a range of careers that exist today as well as jobs that could exist in the future.  Pupils posed questions to various professionals and workers around the country. The response was outstanding.

Over 20 professionals and trades people from across the country took the time to respond by email but also recorded their answers via video link enabling them to virtually appear at the Careers Fayre on the day.

Palaeontologist, Dr Steve Brusatte, shared his expertise with learners interested in dinosaurs and Geology which went down a treat with the pupils.   Dr Brusatte has written over 110 scientific papers, published six books, described over 15 new species of fossil animals and worked in Brazil, Britain, China, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania and the United States. He advises and consults for the BBC’s Walking With Dinosaurs team.

The highest capped British professional footballer in history, Steven Davis MBE, who captains Northern Ireland and plays for Scottish champions Glasgow Rangers also took the time to respond to pupils’ questions and share his story for success.

Kirstie Swain who is a Screenwriter and Executive Producer for Netflix, HBO ad Sky Atlantic shared her experience and provided tips of how to achieve ambitions of getting into film and television.

Among others, local businesses and employees supported the event such as Ashley Ann Kitchens with expert advice from Interior Designer, Gemma Mackillop and local artist Lindsey Gallacher responded to pupils who aspire to become artists.  Parents and staff took the time to contribute also.  Caithness General Hospital, Wick Craft and former SubSea7 manager Willie Watt shared their success stories and the skills necessary to help in the world of work.

Vets, Doctors, Entrepreneurs, Photographers, Barbers, Fishing Boat operatives, Stable Owners, Physiotherapists, Nurses as well as representatives from Playstation, The SSPCA and TikTok all provided the pupils with a diverse information to answer their questions to further their interest in prospective careers.

Across the day, pupils came dressed to school as the person they’d like to work as when they are older (including staff).  Check out the photos in the link above.

The staff team collaborated to create innovative and exciting experiences on the day and in the lead up to the event.  Staff and pupils created a Community Café and demonstrated their skills in the world of work through enterprising activities.

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