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Newton Aycliffe youngsters taught to "believe and achieve"
EXCITING job possibilities were brought to life at a primary school careers event today (Thursday, March 7).
Youngsters at St Francis Primary School in Newton Aycliffe were left with no shortage of ideas for future professions following the hands-on Believe and Achieve session.
The event saw children learn about a range of career paths - from catering, IT and building; to recruitment, the armed forces and higher education.
As well as listening to talks and asking questions, the pupils got the chance to try brick-laying under the watchful eye of Barry Dobinson from home building firm Southdale.
The girls were also treated to a shape and polish courtesy of beauticians from the Ladder Centre in Ferryhill.
Ten-year-old Courtney Poole said she was most inspired by Expo Chef Mike Earnden, who told youngsters all about life in the catering and hospitality industry.
“I want to get a job as a chef as I like to try different foods and be creative,” she added.
Other companies who attended the event included Greggs, Darlington Building Society, Star Radio, HSBC, the Army and Temp Team.
David Bowes, chair of the school governors, said: “Events like Believe and Achieve are very important as children have very little opportunity to see what life could bring them in the future.”
Headteacher Jane Wilkinson added: “It is all about giving the children a focus and showing what they can achieve if they believe in themselves.”