Bedlington students given an insight into future careers

Teachers employed their own problem-solving skills to ensure their annual careers week went ahead.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 9:00 am
Year 8 students who took part in the event.

St Benet Biscop Catholic Academy, in Bedlington, held its careers week despite the effects of COVID, construction work taking place on a new sports hall and the student population in remote learning.

Assistant headteacher Lesley Poulter and her team put a plan in place to hold the careers week remotely.

They were supported by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Founders4school, Port Training Services at the Port of Blyth, Osbit, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult as well as Newcastle and Northumberland Colleges alongside Unifrog.

Lesley said: “We continually raise young people’s aspirations and do so by giving each student a wide range of experiences of the world of work.

"It’s about opening doors and highlighting to our students the vast range of possibilities open to them.”

During the week, students sitting at home and those in school from families of key workers virtually toured colleges and workplaces and received presentations from employers and guest speakers including David Hodgson from the Futureme project and four speakers from Founders4 Schools.

Osbit Engineer Katie Protheroe mapped out her career path to becoming a successful engineer with the company.

Sally Poxon, Validation Engineer with ORE Catapult, gave her insight into her role emphasising the STEM skills needed to deal with challenges faced when testing equipment such as massive wind turbine blades.

Lesley said: “Despite the short timescale, the technical challenges of getting all of our students online and engaged with our partner organisations was a mammoth task but the feedback from our students was overwhelmingly positive and made all of the preparation work worthwhile.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who helped us in our vision to engage our young people to be the best they can be by making them feel optimistic about their future and their future career in the North East and we’re already planning ahead for Careers Week 2022.”