The world of work can be a daunting prospect for youngsters, but this didn’t overwhelm year 9 students from across Pendle as they attended a ‘Work Inspirations Day’ held by Nelson and Colne College, in partnership with Business in the Community, Pendle Borough Council and STEMFirst.

The day aims to give students a fitting insight into different career paths that they may like to consider.  From engineering to hairdressing, potential employers were on hand to offer advice and guidance about their professions.

Clare Hutchinson, Regional Education Manager – NW, Business in the Community said “All the research shows that the more opportunities a young person has to engage with businesses, the more likely they are to go on to build successful working lives.  The Work Inspirations event provides one such opportunity for students to have those conversations which might start to shape their future”.

The College works alongside local businesses such as Roaming Roosters, Text Styles and national services, such as the Army to provide pop up stands and workshops for students to take part in.

Students from all of Pendle’s high schools were invited to engage with professionals, ask questions and gain more knowledge about possible careers they may be considering.

“It’s inspiring to see so many young people who are genuinely interested in their career, and are looking at all the relevant information before making a decision,” said Scarlett Phelan, Brand Manager at Roaming Roosters.

Lilliana Zenova, a student at Pendle Vale College said: “I’ve enjoyed the day and thought it was really beneficial.  I’m interested in science and animals and after talking to employers today, I’ve realised that there are lots of opportunities; I don’t have to settle for any one thing, I need to explore my options.”

Students were given the opportunity to take part in different ‘hands on’ activities at each business stand. Workshops included plastering a wall with The Art of Plastering Training Centre, presenting and DJing with local radio station 2BR, and machinery work with Johnson Matthey, of Clitheroe.

“The Work Inspiration Day has been running a number of years now, and every year we receive positive feedback from both the employers and the students,” said Amanda Melton, Principal at Nelson and Colne College.

“Year 9 students are at the point where they need to start thinking about their careers after school, so it’s essential to provide them with opportunities to speak first hand to employers about what is expected, and how they can achieve their goals.”