Raising the career aspirations of hundreds of primary school children in the North East

THOUSANDS of primary school children on Wearside are set to benefit from an award winning careers programme.

The ‘Raising Aspirations’ programme, which we're delivering with Positive Footprints, inspires youngsters to identify their natural talents, believe in themselves and visualise a positive future. It builds on natural curiosity and shapes how children perceive the world in which they live and will eventually work.

Launched this week with children from Hetton and East Rainton Primary Schools, pupils were given the opportunity to meet local businesses including Nissan, Sun FM and Sunderland University to gain an insight into different sectors through talks and interactive activities before they embark on the programme.

The programme is adaptable across all primary school year groups, with children achieving vital employability skills at the end of the 12 hour course which include everything from discovering their unique qualities and skills to CV writing and preparing for an interview.

Our Chief Executive Officer, Nigel Wilson, said:

There’s nothing more important to our future than investing in our young people and we’re delighted to be able to fund such a worthwhile programme for almost 3,000 children in Sunderland, across 20 schools.

“Sunderland has a proud work heritage and these pupils may well provide vital services for the city in the future such as our engineers, doctors, teachers and manufacturers. Therefore it’s critical that we invest our time and money in them now.

“By developing their confidence and skills through the Positive Footprints programmes, I’ve no doubt they’ll go on to achieve their full potential and future career aspirations.”

Hetton Primary School’s Acting Head Teacher, Jo Woodhall, said:

“At Hetton Primary School, we are constantly striving for our children to be the best that they can be. This includes preparing them for life in a culturally diverse society and making real contributions to their community and beyond.

“The Positive Footprints programme is a great recourse that will enable us to deliver our wider curriculum intended to raise our children’s aspirations and give them the confidence to be whatever they want to be in the future.”