Career bootcamps beckon for Durham pupils

Career bootcamps beckon for Durham pupils

07 July 2015

More than five thousand Durham school pupils are embarking on a week of career bootcamps with many put through their paces with the Ministry of Defence.

Pupils will get the chance to hear from a broad range of employers about what it’s really like to work in Durham; what qualifications and skills they expect young people to have and what opportunities lie in wait for them when they’ve finished school or university.

In true military style, the MOD is supporting schools every day and making sure all the employers run perfectly to time.

The bootcamps are part of the Get The Buzz initiative, the brainchild of the County Durham Education Business Engagement Board made up of prominent businesses and education providers from across County Durham.

Sarah Slaven, business development director at Business Durham, the economic development company for County Durham, said:

“We’re delighted to be involved. One of Business Durham’s strategic aims is to help bring schools and businesses closer together. The Get the Buzz events are designed to help students become more aware of the world of work, raise their knowledge of the different career options that may be available when they complete their education and help them find out more about some of the industry sectors available in their local area. ”

Get The Buzz activities are being held all over Durham this week with the aim of
getting as many schools and businesses on board to promote careers and job opportunities as possible.

Employers such as Northumbrian Water, Lloyds Bank, Keepmoat, Go Ahead Training, Ebac and Dyer Engineering are being joined by Newcastle United Foundation, Durham Police, Durham County Council and Home Group to visit as many schools as they can during the week.

Louise Hunter, Northumbrian Water’s director of corporate affairs, who sits on the County Durham Education Business Engagement Board, said: “This week is a fantastic opportunity to bring business and education together and it will give the pupils involved a detailed insight into the career paths available to them in the wide range of businesses that we have in County Durham. Businesses have a significant role to play in encouraging young people to stay and work in our region.

“Choosing a career path can be very overwhelming and, along with the other businesses involved, Northumbrian Water will play a part in helping to make that choice more informed. One of our project managers will talk about how we manage our wide range of engineering schemes to improve our vast network of water and wastewater assets. We hope the students enjoy it and make the most of this great opportunity.”

Michael Wardle, headteacher of Durham Johnston School, said: “The bootcamps are key to keeping up momentum and keeping education and employment high on the agenda with the support of our employers and the county’s headteachers. We try to give all of our pupils as many aspirational and career-focussed opportunities as possible.”

Schools taking part this week include:
• Greenfield Community College, Shildon
• Woodham Academy, Newton Aycliffe
• Shotton Hall Academy, Peterlee
• Bishop Barrington School, Bishop Auckland
• The Hermitage Academy, Chester le Street
• Durham Johnston School
• St Bede’s School, Peterlee
• Parkside Academy, Willington
• North Durham Academy

Pic cap: Pictured from left to right at Greenfield Community College, in Shildon, are Lexi Cleasby, Christopher Lambert, Joseph Marshall, Shane Palmer, Sgt Martin Gibbons from the MOD, Charlotte Rowley, Naomi McKenna, Abbie Fieldson and Matthew Jones.

Media: For more information contact Lindsay Parker of Stride PR on 07590 775835– or email Lindsay.parker@stridepr.co.uk.

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