Council project introduces pupils to environmental career options

23 July 2019

Primary school pupils in Ellesmere Port have been learning about environmental careers.

The Council’s Raising Aspirations Project invited the Environment Agency to work with pupils at St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School at a special workshop designed to instil career ambitions.

The Environment Agency’s Cheshire Field Team Leader Stephen Parry and his team spoke to the children about his role and they learned about flood management, pollution and habitat by taking part in interesting activities such as identify the risks of farm pollution.

The Council’s Raising Aspirations Project aims to instil career ambitions in youngsters in the borough by introducing them to educational opportunities, real life workplaces and professionals. 

Stephen Parry, Cheshire Field Team Leader for the Environment Agency, said: “It was fantastic to meet with, what we hope will be, the next generation of Team EA St Bernard's Roman Catholic Primary School. 

“Visiting schools across Cheshire as part of our Raising Aspirations Work is a really exciting project for us, and part of a bigger overall aim to teach the young people how to improve and look after our natural environment.

“We want to leave our environment in better state than we inherited it, and it’s great that young people at St Bernard's Roman Catholic Primary School are playing their part.”
 
Steve Jevons, Head of School at St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School, said: “It was wonderful to have the Environment Agency in school and the workshop provided the children with greater insight into career opportunities. It has certainly opened their eyes to the important roles they may wish to pursue in the future."
 
A Year 5 pupil said: "Our workshop was really interesting and I learnt lots of new things about careers and how to look after our environment- it was also really cool to see how a flood defence works and get dressed up!"
 
Cllr Nicole Meardon, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “This event was successful in introducing our children to the real world of work. By finding out about the different careers which could be open to them in the future, we hope that they will become inspired and ambitious in the future. Raising their personal ambitions is sure to focus their minds during their schooling and further education.” 
 
The Raising Aspirations Project is part of the Council’s Building Futures Programme in Ellesmere Port. It will become even more beneficial to young people if other industries or colleges are willing to offer their support by introducing the children to the world of further education and employment. To register your interest, contact Janet Kolita on janet.kolita@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

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