Students spend the week being inspired by local employers

Barnsley students spent last week visiting employers to get first-hand experience in the workplace and learn about the range of exciting local career opportunities as part of I Know I Can's second Work Inspiration Week of the year.

Local employers were more than happy to showcase how their organisations and industries operate and take the chance to inspire their future workforce.

Career talks from a variety of employers were on offer to the 180 pupils who embarked on the half-day visits as well as practical challenges to provide an insight into each industry thanks to the council's More and Better Jobs initiative.

Following on from the pilot Work Inspiration Week back in March, more than 300 students from Kirk Balk Academy, Outwood Academy Carlton and Penistone Grammar School have now been involved with the scheme.

Providers and opportunities included:
- Barnsley Council’s museum service, which showcased what it takes to look after the parkland at Cannon Hall.
- Facilities management company Amey ran STEM sessions linked to their industry at the Business Village at Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre
- A tour of the Civic with information about the different careers involved in running an arts centre- Henry Boot showed the students the ropes in the construction sector
- Kier offered Q and A sessions and an outdoor challenge to showcase careers in the construction sector
- MKB Solicitors, who challenged students to come up with advice for a case.
- Students learned about the planning life cycle from Turner and Townsend in Sheffield

Councillor Tim Cheetham, Cabinet spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture), said: "It was great to see so many pupils involved in the latest edition of Work Inspiration Week.

"There are a range of opportunities available for them if they do not want to remain in education, including apprenticeships with major employers in the local area.

"I hope they found the experience useful and that it gave them food for thought when it comes to choosing a career."

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