School pupils explore apprenticeship industries

Posted on 14 Mar 2017

High School pupils from Rochdale and Prestwich attended an exciting event at Bury College where they tried a range of apprenticeship sectors and learnt more about the apprenticeship opportunities available to them.

Pupils from Wardle Academy and Prestwich Arts College took part in the ‘Bury College Challenging Stereotypes Event’ where pupils took part in taster sessions of occupations that are usually represented by particular genders.

The event, which was a part of National Apprenticeship Week, was an initiative to encourage pupils to start thinking about the different options available to them and the wide range of industries they may wish to progress their careers in.

The taster sessions offered male school pupils the chance to try Hairdressing, Travel and Tourism and Health and Social Care, whilst the girls tried their hands at Barbering, Interactive Media and Games Design, Business and Sport.

Wardle Academy pupil 15 year old James Flanagan experimented in the hairdressing department where he practised different types of men’s haircuts. James said: “Today has been a great eye-opener and I discovered that I really enjoy hairdressing which is something that I have never tried before.”

14 year old Amy Whittaker from Wardle Academy also enjoyed her time in the hairdressing department where she explored a range of Barbering techniques. Amy added: “Today I have been shaving a dummy’s head and cutting designs into the models hair. I have really enjoyed the day and I would be interested in a career in this industry.”