Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Inspiring Futures

Year 6 Newport pupils spent an interesting afternoon at the Princes Hall attending the Rushmoor Business Partnership meeting. The idea behind this project is to give pupils an idea of the careers and training opportunities that are available in the world of work.

Business ambassadors were on hand to give everybody an idea of what their career involved.

Year 6 enjoyed getting to grips with mindstorm robots and had a go at programming them to tackle an assault course.

The skills needed in the hospitality industry were highlighted in the table laying challnge run by the Aviator Hotel,Farnborough .The attention to detail shown by some of the Newport boys was very impressive!

Aldershot News talked about the need to get the right balance of good and bad news stories as well as keeping the front page eye catching and informative!

Budding barristers actually had the chance to sentence imaginarycriminals based on the "on screen" evidence. The electronic voting pads meant the jury verdicts were instanteous displayed and revealed differences in opinion as to the severity of the charges.The students from Surrey University Law College gave a fascinating insight into some of the intriguing and complex aspects of our legal system.

Further education opportunities were explored with Sparshot College, who bought in some interesting animal parasites for everyone to examine and understand the importance of animal science. Squires garden centre carried on the outdoor career path and talked about the importance of spotting trends in popularity of different plants. Farnborough Sixth form students gave insight into the education opportunities post 16 and the importance of team work.

Following this week's budget announcements, pupils were given the challenge of budget planning for Rushmoor Council. £4 million seems a lot of money, but meeting the needs of different people proved a bit of a headache- it is hard to please all the people all of the time.

The afternoon certainly gave everyone a small glimpse of all the different opportunities that are on offer and it is hoped that it may inspire some of Newport's Year 6 to think about careers in some of the areas of work showcased at the meeting.

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