Employers helping pupils with plans

Year 9 students Olivia Watson, Ryan Ellison and Jasmine Gallaher trying on Northumbria Police uniforms.
Year 9 students Olivia Watson, Ryan Ellison and Jasmine Gallaher trying on Northumbria Police uniforms.

Businesses from the region have been helping students shape their plans for the future.

In a few weeks’ time Year 9 students at Cramlington Learning Village have to decide which subjects to choose for GCSE and BTEC.

As part of the school’s Well Being Day, it arranged for 17 businesses and organisations - including KPMG, the RAF, Gradon Architecture, Northumbria Police, Newcastle United and the Territorial Army – to come to the school to explain the range of qualifications, training or experience which are required for the world of work.

Chemical scientist Dr Jason Gillespie, from Aesica in Cramlington, one of the visiting businesses, said: “I didn’t have anything like this when I was their age. I knew I wanted to be a scientist, but that was about it.

“We have two apprentices studying analytical sciences and business apprentices as well. We also offer work placements and internships which is a good opportunity to see what’s going on before they have to make those big decisions in life.”

Paula McArthur, who set up Doggy Days Creche and Grooming Salon 13 years ago, is a regular visitor to the school and also offers students work experience opportunities.

As well as looking towards the students’ futures, the Well Being Day also tackled current issues such as road safety, dangers online, how to ensure safe selfies and self-esteem.