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World of work welcomes Cobholm girls

Published on 27/02/19

Pupils from Cobholm Primary Academy have been inspired by women in workplaces across the region as part of a project to encourage girls to have the highest career aspirations.

The Year 3 pupils had a taste of careers including journalism, video production, and architecture as part of the I Can Be project.

At the offices of video company East Coast Production and modelling agency Sandra Reynolds, the children worked on a promotional shoot for Orchard Toys, taking on roles from producer and photographer to model, stylist, and graphic designer.

Producer Emma Keal said: “The girls were absolutely terrific. All of them worked exceptionally hard within their roles and it was heart-warming to see confidence bursting out of each girl.”

On a visit to the Great Yarmouth Mercury newsroom they learned about careers in journalism from senior reporter Liz Coates, and helped draft story ideas for the paper’s front page.

The scheme also took them to the offices of Norwich-based Hudson Architects, and Great Yarmouth’s James Paget Hospital.

The I Can Be programme works with schools in disadvantaged areas to introduce primary-aged girls to the world of work, connecting them with inspiring women and helping them to discover the career opportunities around them.

Cobholm Primary principal Louise Scott said: “We want to broaden our pupils’ horizons and help them to realise that there is no limit to the career options available to them if they are dedicated and work hard.

“The I Can Be project has been a fantastic opportunity for our girls to find out about careers they might not have previously thought about, and we hope it has given them lots of ideas for their futures.”