On Tuesday, July 10th, Future U supported Rossendale Borough Council to deliver Rossendale Works, the region’s first ever collaborative careers exhibition. One thousand local secondary school students from six different schools attended in the morning to engage with over forty local employers and organisations. They gained an insight into local job opportunities and interacted directly with employers.
The event was facilitated by Megan Eastwood of Rossendale Borough Council, and incorporated a high-energy interactive engineering show provided by the award-winning science communication company, Science Made Simple, funded by Future U. School students were set a challenge to interact with every employer and gain specific information from them, and a small group of Y7 students formed a “press pack”, roving the event, boosting social media coverage, and producing an event newspaper (view here).
In addition to funding and supporting the event behind the scenes, Future U attended in force with student ambassadors from around the region to share their personal stories. They guided the students through activities linked to Advanced Manufacturing to illustrate the opportunities available for young people in Lancashire and boost aspirations.
During the afternoon phase of the event, hundreds of jobseekers, parents and sixth form students came along to also seek job opportunities and take part in workshops to help them seek their future opportunities.
Feedback from teachers was overwhelmingly positive:
“The feedback I had from teachers and pupils was very positive. The teachers thought that the interactive activities were brilliant, they really liked the science show, and felt that the pupils were learning about the local industries and employers. The pupils also really enjoyed it.”
“The best bits included Pupils being able to talk to different employers about their career plans, NHS and forces were particularly popular, and learning about careers and jobs they hadn’t heard of before.”