Manchester schools programme: Inspiring students and helping to develop employability skills
As part of our Manchester schools programme we have been inspiring students with a series of project and career development workshops at Lark Hill Community Primary School and Eccles Six Form College.
We are determined to create opportunities for children and young people from diverse backgrounds to achieve their potential; and ultimately enable greater social mobility. In the UK, we have partnered with seven primary and secondary schools, targeting disadvantaged areas, to break down barriers to education, inspire students and develop employability skills.
Our Manchester programme was launched in September 2016 with Eccles Sixth Form College and Lark Hill Community Primary School. We have tailored a programme of events for the students, ranging from masterclasses and career aspiration days to team building exercises.
At Lark Hill Community Primary School we are helping to develop students’ science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills with tower building competitions, 3D scanning and modelling workshops. To support career aspirations we have delivered assemblies and workshops on local construction projects and engaged students in ‘construction’ team building exercises to enhance communication and team working skills.
We have even participated in the schools winter fair, getting creative by building gingerbread houses with pupils and parents, as well as leading health and safety talks. Our events continue this year with reading and picnic clubs with the reception class children and families.
We are building on our early years programme at secondary and further education level by supporting young people with employability skills. At Eccles Sixth Form College we support students with one-to-one career development mentoring in conjunction with the charity Career Ready. To help students explore career options and inspire strong goals we have also introduced them to different job opportunities and provided ‘perception versus reality’ career presentations.
Wendy Hughes, Community Manager at Lark Hill Primary School, said: “The children had a wonderful learning experience and enjoyed the sessions so much. Our teachers have reported how motivated the children were by the sessions and how they could see the ethics of good team work coming through the group work.
The children’s communication skills and questioning techniques had improved significantly within the session. Turner & Townsend has made such a difference to how the children are reflecting on their career aspiration and learning journey.”