World of business brought to pupils

Delegates who helped students at Brighouse High School learn about their jobs
Delegates who helped students at Brighouse High School learn about their jobs

STUDENTS at Brighouse High School have been receiving hands-on advice from successful business people.

Twelve employers from Brighouse took time out from their busy agendas to speak to 200 year seven pupils about their careers.

Throughout the morning students took part in a range of activities including ‘What is my Line?’ where students had to guess what business the employers represented by asking questions with a yes or no answer. The guests then gave a short speech about what they did and how to get involved in their particular business.

Students and employers then talked about what it means to work and why it is good to work, work ethics and job satisfaction.

Peter Sleigh from Sleigh and Story accountants, said it was a super event and they were all impressed by the children. “We talked about how it is good to dream but there needs to be some reality and realising that being a footballer might not happen.

“We made them think. It is super that at 11 and 12 years old these children are thinking about their career because we have big decisions to make and it is great that they are thinking at this early point.

“We were mighty impressed with the behaviour, interest and the engagement shown by the pupils.

“There was a whole range of people and the children learnt a lot about jobs and careers. It was a nice example of the local business community and the local education community working together. At Sleigh and Story we want to build stronger links with Brighouse High. We take on apprentices and we are keen to take them on from there.

“It is really good that we can develop that and it is thanks to Brighouse Link for getting so many people involved.”

Some of the companies involved included Cliffe Associates, Hawley Business Solutions, Laura Crane Trust, Huddersfield Giants, Style Confidence, John Steel Photography, Calderdale & Kirklees Careers Advice, Schools Advisor for Climate Challenge-Calderdale Council, NHS, Kirklees College, Bradford College, Sainsburys and Pennine Housing.