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Southwark Raising Aspirations Campaign 2016

Throughout the summer term Southwark Education Business Alliance (EBA) will be engaging and raising the aspirations of Southwark primary and secondary school students. The EBA currently work with over 20 secondary and primary schools

For the first time the EBA will engage with primary schools across the borough. The EBA would like to engage parents, inviting them to take part and explore with their young person the types of careers available.

Business Partners and the EBA will be delivering interactive and informative workshops, visits to business partners’ offices, tackling financial awareness, informing students and parents on the built environment. The campaign will finish with a careers fair. The objective is to start a conversation in students’ homes on the wide range of education, employment and training opportunities available.

Week commencing 6th June at Friars Foundation School:

Network Rail, Siemens, Costain and Balfour Beatty the companies currently working on the regeneration of London Bridge Station delivered an informative and interactive workshop about working in the rail industry. The students were then given the task to create a building out of spaghetti and marshmallows, the aim was to balance a golf ball without the structure collapsing

A solicitor from Bond Dickinson spoke about his job working in the legal industry and carried out a discussion on the case "Should holiday be allowed during term-time"

A Planner from Southwark Council explained and showed the students what town planning is and what changes are happening in the nearby Valentine Place and Colorama Building

Week commencing 13th June at St John's Walworth Primary school:

All four participating schools had a trip organised by Southwark Education Business Alliance to 20 Fenchurch Street's Sky Garden.

Councillor Johnson Situ visited St John's Walworth and spoke about his journey through education and his career. They also discussed why politics is important for young people.

Lend Lease played host to two groups of students from St John's Walworth over two days. Inviting the students to there offices in the Elephant & Castle shopping centre. Volunteers spoke about their job roles at Lend Lease, a history of Elephant & Castle and were shown the master plan of what the neighbourhood will look like. The students were then given a task to build a bridge using straws and play-doh, the bridges needed to be strong enough to hold 100g.

Network Rail and Co delivered the same workshop at St John's Walworth which they delivered at Friars school.


Week commencing 20th June at Comber Grove Primary School:

Comber Grove located in Camberwell had visits from Councillor Paul Fleming spoke about the importance of being involved in politics.

A solicitor from Bond Dickinson Angel Lopes shared her story of moving to the UK and the challenges faced whilst in education and the hurdles of learning a new language. Angela is now a solicitor at Bond Dickinson.

Week commencing 27th June at Riverside Primary school:

Activities at Riverside kicked off with Network Rail, Siemens, Costain and Balfour Beatty the companies currently working on the regeneration of London Bridge Station delivered an informative and interactive workshop about working in the rail industry. The students were then given the task to create a building out of spaghetti and marshmallows, the aim was to balance a golf ball without the structure collapsing.

Thames Tideway the firm who are cleaning up the water tunnels in London delivered an interactive workshop on the tunnels in and around Riverside school and the work that is happening underground.

Sonia and Robin both delivered a town planning activity at Riverside, this was linked to the Canada Water Master plan which is another huge project to be completed in Southwark.

Primary Careers Fair

The wrap up a month of Raising Aspiration Campaign, the EBA coordinated a Primary school careers fair for the schools that participated in the weeks activities. Raising the Aspirations of the year six students by having them meet a number of employers, hosted at Southwark Council head office on Tooley street, the schools had the opportunity to meet, speak, ask questions and interact in a short activity with the following companies:

·         The Met Police: the community engagement officers really bought life in the met alive to the students

·         Time Inc: volunteers spoke about what Time Inc do and ran an interactive activity on the various job roles available in magazine publishing and examples of the types of magazines Time Inc publish.

·         UBM: A large worldwide events organisations company started by showing the students which countries UBM operate in, the volunteer was a specialist in IT services and ran an activity on how IT is used in various way during large events.

·         Boodle Hatfield: This law firm interactive activity was about discussing the issue on whether uniform should be necessary for schools. The students came up with some very interesting discussions and valid points.

·         Thomson Reuters: The volunteers from this leading company where part of the media team, they explained to the students the various job role available at Reuters, and the students were amazed by the amount equipment needed for a sporting event.

·         Councillors: Councillors Maisy Anderson and Johnson Situ involved the students by selecting one student to be prime minister and the rest of the students had to raise a query with the PM, which lead to the PM having to make an informed decision on the query raised.

In conclusion every school really enjoyed the Raising Aspiration campaign, teachers went on to say that the weeks activities really opened the student’s eyes to various different job roles and also teachers learnt a lot from this workshops.

The companies who participated highlighted the importance of exposing primary schools to the world of work, not for the students to decide on a career but to give them an insight and to try and get a conversation started at home about what jobs are available in the many different industries in Southwark. For most of Southwark students, these companies are on their doorstep but if they are not given the opportunity to interact with these companies they are missing out on experiences and knowledge of the world of work.

 

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