Business-themed day inspires Fylde pupils

L-R Maddison Riley, Katie Allum, Ella Rawcliffe (head girl), Grace Uppard. Pupils of Ribby with Wrea Endowed CofE Primary School learning basic first aid skills during The Via Partnership's World@Work day
L-R Maddison Riley, Katie Allum, Ella Rawcliffe (head girl), Grace Uppard. Pupils of Ribby with Wrea Endowed CofE Primary School learning basic first aid skills during The Via Partnership's World@Work day

Primary school pupils were given a taste of the future when they met with employers to experience the world of work.

Pupils from Ribby with Wrea Primary School enjoyed an innovative World@Work day, an interactive work-related programme designed to kick-start pupils’ awareness of careers.

The day was organised by The Via Partnership in Leyland, a social business whose purpose is to improve skills and increase employability.

Children imagined they were Sainsbury’s staff, trying on uniforms and decorating biscuits, designed an education application with the University of Central Lancashire and the British Red Cross taught basic first aid skills.

Assistant headteacher Matthew Hall said: “The programme has influenced the children, giving them an idea of the world of work, benefitting and giving them an inspiration for future jobs.

“The day met expectations and more, and when talking to staff they feel things like this should be added into future curriculum.”

Employers supported older students with the challenge of creating a newspaper article or poster on what they had learnt throughout the day.

Lynne Tasker of Sainsbury’s added: “I really enjoyed the day. Children can relate to supermarkets and it is great to inspire them.”