Students from Campion School in Leamington had the opportunity to show off their entrepreneurial talents to MP Chris White and a host of big business representatives at a “Dragons’ Den” style event. Year 9 students pitched their ideas for a school prom to Business Ambassadors from National Grid, HS2, Capgemini, Costain, and Whitbread, who will be taking on the role of “Dragons”.
The event is part of a pilot education programme called Careers Lab, which has been developed by the National Schools Partnership working in conjunction with leading businesses to bridge the gap between school and the world of work.
The Business Ambassadors are key members of staff from the businesses supporting the project, who have volunteered to go into the school and work alongside teachers to deliver careers education that shows pupils the range of interesting and rewarding career options available to them.
Head teacher of Campion School, Mark Feldman, said, “We don’t expect youngsters of 11, 12, 13 or even 16 to know exactly what job they want to do when they leave school. The Careers Lab project will teach our pupils that a good education involves gaining good qualifications and setting young people up for a successful working life.
“Having the Business Ambassadors come into the school gives our pupils the chance to ask searching questions of successful people about their career path and the teaching modules will help them think more widely about their career possibilities.”