Where pupils are getting to work REALLY early; kids take a look at the world of work.
Byline: RICHARD KIRKMAN Print Publishing Editor
NORTH Shields businesses shared their workplace wisdom with children from a local primary school, during a fun event organised by the town's Chamber of Trade.
Pupils aged between four and 11 from Christ Church Primary School spent a day visiting businesses in the town, which included accountants, lawyers, surveyors and dentists.
Local business owners were also invited to call into the school to give the children an insight into the range of careers available in the future.
The event was the first of its kind that the Chamber of Trade had organised. It was opened by North Tyneside Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn, who said: "It was a real pleasure to be invited to open this important event.
"Career events help to better prepare our young people for the future and the world of work, and I was delighted the whole school had the chance to take part.
"I must say a big thank you to North Shields Chamber of Trade for organising the day and to the fantastic local businesses for giving up their time to show the children the range of occupations available in the town."
Secretary of the Chamber Miles Walton said: "The business community in North Shields recognises the important role education plays in ensuring that we have a suitablytrained workforce for the future, and this event has been enthusiastically supported by businesses in the town."
Headteacher Gill Taylor said: "The pupils had a fantastic day and learnt so much about the possible careers available to them right here on their own doorstep, and we would like to thank the Chamber for all their hard work in making the day possible."
Among businesses taking part were the Beacon Centre, Beldons@ The Exchange, the Business Factory, Cygnet Careers, Dental Practice @ No.24, Fresh Property Services, Hindle Campbell Law, Kiki's Kabin, the Leeds Building Society, North Tyneside Council Connexions, North Tyneside Council Sports, the Old Low Light, Scrap Tyre Exchange, Tyne Met College, Walton Bourke Properties and the YMCA.