Pupils from Manor Park Primary School gained some valuable insights into the world of work at an event organised by Great Places Housing Group.
A group of Year 5 children from the school recently attended an activity day at Great Places head office in West Didsbury.
The event delivered in partnership with Bowker Sadler featured a range of exercises designed to ignite the pupils curiosity about potential careers in housing and as well as a range of activities designed to provide hands-on experience of the world of work.
The pupils participated in a series of challenges and activities and gained practical hands-on experience of using a range of equipment from infra-red thermometers and thermal imaging cameras, to filming interviews in an in-house studio room.
The event was part of Great Places’ ongoing partnership work with the school located in its Anchor Neighbourhood of Longridge and Shaw Heath through the Raising Aspirations Project.
The educational project looks to inspire, encourage, and introduce young students to consider various career paths while fostering a sense of community and financial resilience. Other recent activity has included science workshops and a pop-up cafe event at the school.
Great Places’ colleagues from a range of different departments hosted the half-day programme, along with representatives from Bowker Sadler, showcasing their commitment to community engagement and developing ongoing positive relationships between the businesses and local schools.
The project will extend throughout this academic year, featuring additional workplace visits to local businesses such as Amelia Knight, Manchester Airport, and a local university. The aim is to broaden horizons, provide essential skills, and enhance students’ understanding of diverse career opportunities.
Commenting on the event, Mrs Smith and Ms Bisson, teachers at Manor Park Primary School: “All of the children in Year 5 had an amazing morning exploring different skills and jobs.
“They were so engaged, excited and keen to learn about the world of work and all the opportunities available to them.”
Rebecca Banks, Community and Partnerships manager at Great Places, added: “As we witness the ongoing success of the Raising Aspirations Project, we’re profoundly encouraged by the positive impact it has on the children of Manor Park Primary School.
“Our recent impact report highlighted a 44% improvement in students’ self-assessment scores, reflecting increased self-awareness, positive mindset, resilience, and knowledge and understanding of the world of work.
“The dedication of the students, coupled with the collaborative efforts of Great Places Housing Group and our community partners, reflects our commitment to nurturing not just academic growth but also the essential life skills and resilience needed for a bright future.
“We’re grateful for the support we’ve received and excited to continue building on these achievements in the coming year.”
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