A week designed to ignite and inspire interest in a wide range of careers amongst secondary school pupils will take place for the first time virtually this week (8th-12th Feb) with pupils from St Teilo’s CiW High School and a range of business partners.
‘Open Your Eyes Week’ – which had previously taken place in the classroom environment and incorporated a wide range of businesses delivering presentations and activities to primary and secondary pupils – is an opportunity for pupils to engage virtually with businesses from Cardiff and understand more about careers and the world of work. Due to the pandemic, the week will now take place virtually with the support of the school.
Organisations such as BAM Construction, Bouygues UK, National Digital Exploitation Centre (NDEC), PwC, Target Group and University of South Wales will be supporting the week, opening the pupil’s eyes to the breadth of career opportunities available in the Cardiff Capital Region with a focus on Health & Social Care, Cyber Security and Construction. The purpose of Open your Eyes Week is to ignite and inspire interest in a range of occupations and introduce the pupils a range of organisations and growth sectors.
‘Open Your Eyes Week’ forms part of the wider ‘Experience of Work Programme, delivered in partnership by Cardiff Commitment, Careers Wales, First Campus and Speakers for Schools which integrates work and career experiences into the curriculum to give school pupils a taste of the world of work.
Holly-Marie Lidbury, Education Lead at Thales NDEC discusses the importance of business and industries taking part in initiatives such as OYEW: ‘Taking part in projects like this is so important because it gives industry a platform to help address the skills shortages we experience. We must play our part in directing learners towards study or work in our areas and raising pupil aspirations and signposting them to opportunities through things like this is vital in doing so. Initiatives like Cardiff Commitment allow us to do this in a really easy and effective way!’
Presentations will be delivered virtually to 500 children in year 7 and 8. The employer presentations will all be delivered via Microsoft Teams and will span 45 minutes each. At the end of each presentation, the employers will host an engagement activity and a Q&A to give the pupils a chance to ask any further questions about the businesses and organisations.
Through attending these presentations and engaging with external employers as a part of their school timetable, young people will make informed decisions on their learning pathways, and gain the knowledge, skills and experiences to help them into their chosen career pathway, and support the economic growth sectors in the Cardiff Capital Region.
As a follow on from Open Your Eyes Week, businesses have the opportunity to work with First Campus, Business and AoLE Leads to develop teaching and learning resources in the growth sector and set challenges for the young people to complete bringing the curriculum to life in a real world context.
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If your business or organisation would be interested in being a part of the next Open Your Eyes week, providing real-life work experiences to children and young people in Cardiff, please contact the Cardiff Commitment team through: firstname.lastname@example.org