Burnley students inspired by business showcase

Burnley College played host to a huge event that brought together hundreds of local year 9 and 10 school students and dozens of local businesses for an inspirational skills-based careers event dubbed ‘Work Inspiration’.

work-insp1-470x313The event focuses on improving children’s career aspirations by giving them hands on experience of a range of jobs and industry sectors by local businesses from sectors such as advanced manufacturing and engineering, construction and sustainability, creative and digital media, retail and leisure, business and professional services and public sector.

Work Inspiration, which is geared toward promoting career progression in the local area, last year sparked a lot of interest from other areas and has since been replicated in similar events across the country, from Hackney to Birmingham.

The event is a spin-off of the Work Inspiration campaign which is promoted by Business in the Community (BITC). The aim of BITC’s campaign is to give young people an inspiring first taste of work – work inspiration, rather than work experience!

The planning team made up of Business in the Community, Burnley Borough Council, Burnley College, Aircelle, and STEMFirst, plus more than 35 businesses which were there inspiring our youngsters about the vast range of jobs available locally. Helen Gopsill, HR director at Aircelle, said: “I’m especially pleased that Work Inspiration is establishing itself and that so many businesses are taking part again – it provides a broad perspective of what is on offer for young people in Burnley. I’d love to see it becoming sustainable and taking place every year.”