Youngsters have been given an insight into potential careers thanks to training specialist AIS Connect.
A total of 120 Year 8 pupils at Newminster Middle School, in Morpeth, attended a careers conference at AIS’s 20-acre industrial training village in North Tyneside.
As well as careers’ talks, students were taken on tours of AIS’s facilities to give them an insight into working environments and the training required to get into industry.
Headteacher Liz Kinninment said: “It is fantastic to be given the opportunity by AIS to bring our Year 8 students to our first off-site career conference. We have been extremely impressed with the support AIS has provided.”
“At Newminster we’re committed to getting students to think about what they might want to do for a job in the future from a very early stage.
“Being able to offer our students the opportunity to experience a live working environment like this has been invaluable.
“We hope the experience opens their eyes to the possibilities available and inspires their future career choices.”
Many of the students came to the event dressed in business attire to meet employers from industries such as construction, legal services, armed forces and the police force.
Eve Haines, 12, from Morpeth, said: “I’ve really enjoyed coming here and I’ve learnt a lot. It’s good to be able to talk to people about their jobs and what they do every day.”
Charlie Guthrie, marketing manager at AIS, said: “We are delighted to welcome everyone to this Careers Conference.
“Inspiring people and helping them progress in their careers is something we do day-in, day-out so it was great to give pupils from Newminster School the chance to learn more about what’s available to them in the future if they work hard.”