Careers day is just the job for North Shields children

Chamber chairman Miles Walton and headteacher Rachel Butler (far right) with business representatives and Percy Main Primary School pupils. Picture by RusbyMedia.
Chamber chairman Miles Walton and headteacher Rachel Butler (far right) with business representatives and Percy Main Primary School pupils. Picture by RusbyMedia.

Schoolchildren have been given an insight into potential career options for them.

Percy Main Primary School teamed up with North Shields Chamber of Trade and Commerce to open the children’s eyes to career opportunites.

The children, who dressed as what they wanted to be when they grow up, took part in activities put on by 24 members and ‘friends’ of the Chamber.

Representatives included dentists, lawyers, bankers, web designers, media consultants, the police and the fire service.

Year 5 pupil Lexie Chirnside, ten, said: “I really enjoyed the activities we did. It has been different to what we normally do on a school day and I feel like I have learned loads.

“I want to be a vet when I grow up because I love taking care of animals but it was good to hear about different jobs we can do.”

This was the third time members of the Chamber have visited a North Shields school, previously visiting Christchurch and Waterville primary schools.

Miles Walton, chamber chairman, said: “We want to make sure children have a broad range of jobs to think about, without giving them a hard sell to any one career.

“Children need to find out at an early age what is out there. If you wait until senior school they may have already got in their minds the things they like and don’t like, without knowing the full range of opportunities there are for them.

“The careers days have grown each year.”

Rachel Butler, headteacher, said: “We want to say a huge thank you to Miles and the friends and members of the Chamber who came down to put on what was a wonderful day.

“It was all about raising aspirations and helping the children understand why education is important, and what it could lead to.

“The children left school buzzing and parental feedback has been brilliant too. Everyone involved spoke so wonderfully about their work and really kept the children engaged. Thank you so much again for a really memorable day.”

If you are interested in becoming a member of the North Shields Chamber please see www.northshieldschamber.co.uk or email loulaggancoaching@outlook.com.