Mahdlo Primary yr 5 careers event

Oldham Yr5 primary school pupils are Inspired about careers and by top businesses and colleges

Oldham’s primary school pupils were given the chance to find out about the world of work from leading local businesses, thanks to an event organised by MPLOY Solutions. and Oldham Enterprise Trust

Twenty fourof the region’s primary schools and 1000 pupils attended the Careers Fair at Mahdlo Youth Zone, where they were able to meet over 40 top employers, colleges, and apprenticeship providers spanning a wide range of industry sectors. The event was supported by Oldham Enterprise Trust and Oldham Council.

Each business and educational bodyprovided interactive hands on activities for pupils about their roles and sectors, to help inspire and engage the Year 5s. Pupils were delighted to meet the  Mayor for Oldham, Cllr ShahdabQumer

Alison Leigh, Headteacher at Delph Primary School and co-leader of the Oldham Schools Business & Community Hub, commented: “Our pupils were able to learn about different industries and educational pathways in a fun and interactive environment”

“We think it’s incredibly important that pupils have the opportunity to think about the future, particularly before they move on to high school and face important decisions about which subjects to pursue.

“All of our Year 5s really enjoyed themselves and have taken a lot away from the experience. We will definitely continue to be involved in organising and supporting these events in the future.”

Caroline Ireland, Headteacher at St Thomas Leesfield Primary School also co-leader said: “This has been a great opportunity for Oldham nine and ten year olds to discover what jobs are out there and for the children to consider the skills that they might need if wishing to work in a desired area.  A fun and active event that the Oldham Business and Community Hub are delighted to promote”.

Kashif Ashraf from Oldham Enterprise Trust, added: “Involving businesses with Primary Schools is critical for the future development of an enterprising generation.

“Events such as this are the best way to get pupils in front of future employers and set them on the path to success.”

Young Enterprise Company Programme

10 groups of motivated self-selecting students, aged 14-19yrs, put themselves forward to start a business under the Young Enterprise “Company Programme” scheme, a hands on “learning by doing experience that see them bring a business
idea to fruition.

Over the course of an academic year, supported by their teachers, volunteer Business Advisers and skills workshop deliverers, students are empowered to bring a product or service to market and trade with the public, confidently pitch their business, manage a business bank account and keep accurate records.

OET Funding Opportunities

An innovative fund to ‘Get Oldham Working’ has been launched to offer financial and expert support to the next generation of young entrepreneurs who want to start their own business.

The Oldham Enterprise Fund is a vital part of Oldham Council’s flagship “Get Oldham Working” campaign aiming to create 2,015 employment opportunities by 2015.

This co-operative partnership of the Council, Oldham Business Leadership Group, the Business Growth Hub, and Blue Orchid, will deliver a combined funding and business support offer, unique to both new and existing businesses based in the Borough and residents elsewhere.