By VictoriaBlake E.ON volunteers visit Nottingham classrooms to help inspire pupils and raise their career aspirations
Some 550 pupils from secondary schools across Nottingham have met with volunteers from E.ON to discuss their career paths and experience of working in the energy industry, as part of the nationwide schools programme ‘Careers Lab’.
The E.ON volunteers spent time with Year 9 and 10 pupils from four local schools, sharing their personal experiences and knowledge of the world of work to help to inspire and encourage them to think about their own career paths. The pupils were also encouraged to think about their own skills and personal qualities to help them see the link between the classroom and the workplace.
Careers Lab is a national initiative from Business in the Community, aiming to address the nation’s skills gap and to link schools with business partners to help make a real difference to careers education in schools.
Alison Gibson, Senior Community Relations Executive as E.ON, said: “Careers Lab is special because it’s a collaboration between schools and businesses. The workshops encourage pupils to make the link between what they learn in the classroom and their possible career paths early on in their education so they’re better prepared for when the time comes to make choices about their future.
“A lot of our activity in schools is linked to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) subjects as we know these areas aren’t always attractive for young people but offer a huge variety of career choices. It’s vital for businesses like E.ON to ensure young people know how exciting this area is as a career choice and the Careers Lab programme allows us to do this.”
David Tungate, Principal at the Nottingham Academy, said: “Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the Careers Lab workshops and I am confident that the experience helped them to think about their lives after they leave the Academy. The workshops are effective because they are interactive and engage pupils by fully immersing them in a conversation about their hopes and dreams.
“We’re committed to ensuring that our pupils become purposeful citizens who are well qualified, confident and highly employable. We highly value the support of E.ON in helping us achieve this and look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”
Steve Little, Project Manager at Business in The Community, said: “The aim of Careers Lab is to encourage the future generations to think about the world of work and is all about getting business ambassadors into the classroom to give real life insights into their career. To have the E.ON volunteers in the classroom talking about their personal careers paths is hugely motivating for these young people.”
Careers Lab is just one of the ways E.ON is working with schools across the UK. To find out more about E.ON’s energy education programmes visit eon-uk.com/energyexperience
Notes to editors
The schools involved were: Bluecoat Academy, Bulwell Academy, Emmanuel School and the Nottingham Academy.
Business in the Community is the Prince’s Responsible Business Network. It’s members work together to tackle a wide range of issues that are essential to building a fairer society and a more sustainable future. It is a business-led, issue focused charity with more than 30 years’ experience of mobilising business. It engages thousands of businesses through its programmes driven by its core membership of over 800 organisations from small enterprises to global corporations.
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