Housing staff took part in special careers events to give Knowsley school children a taste of different professions in the industryThe Careers Carousels, a type of ‘careers speed dating’, provided pupils with a quick-fire taste of different occupations to offer inspiration for future career paths.
The First Ark Group, which includes Knowsley Housing Trust, volunteered to be part of these events organised by Liverpool Compact Education Business Partnership.
First Ark staff are giving their time to different groups and organisations in the borough in a major new volunteering drive by the Group to further increase the ways it gives back to the communities it works in.
Ten members of the Group took part at several primary schools across Knowsley to answer questions about their work from groups of pupils.
Neighbourhood Management Officer Andy Spedding attended Cronton Primary School. He said: “This is an event I wish that my school had undertaken when I was a student as it would have been beneficial for me, and hopefully it was for these children involved, in getting them thinking about their futures and the different paths available to them.”
Executive Director of Asset Management Ian Thomson visited Northwood Primary School in Kirkby. He said: “It was extremely rewarding. It exceeded my expectations as the questions and input from the pupils about career choices and opportunities was excellent.
“Volunteering is good for everyone and our staff have really enjoyed this opportunity. Our organisation is part of the community and we have a highly skilled workforce that can make a significant contribution to the local area.”
The Careers Carousels bring volunteers from various industries into schools to help broaden children's awareness of different career paths, raise future aspirations, enhance communication skills and to build confidence.
Jeanette Hanley from Liverpool Compact EBP said: “These worthwhile and rewarding events create an ideal platform for partner companies to visit local primary schools and inspire children about their job roles and organisation, helping inquisitive young children to expand their knowledge and understanding of the world of work.”
First Ark has committed 500 working days each year to encourage staff to volunteer with groups and organisations, using their highly skilled staff to drive positive change in local communities.
The Careers Carousels are just one way that employees can donate their time and skills. First Ark has also become a provider of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme which staff are encouraged to volunteer for.
Caption: First Ark staff speak to pupils at Knowsley primary schools about their careers and housing.