Harborough district students discover career opportunities in local government

Published Monday 13 March 2023

Students from Welland Park Academy in Market Harborough have visited the council offices during National Careers Week (6 – 11 March) to learn about the range of careers available in local government.

Students from Welland Park Academy visited the district council during National Careers Week
Students from Welland Park Academy visited the district council during National Careers Week

The day provided a fantastic opportunity for young people to engage directly with a local employer, in a real-life workplace, to learn about the different opportunities at the council. The students explored the different routes into these jobs and the career paths they can take. The year 9 students also found out more about how local government works and the services provided, as well as the importance of voting when they are old enough.

Students explored and discussed their own ideas around how they would improve the district for those who live, work, and visit the district, presenting their plans to their peers and voting anonymously for their elected winner.

It was an enjoyable day for all, giving students a taste of a career path that they may not have considered before.

Cllr King, Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “Engaging with employers is key for young people to understand the world of work, to explore the career options and routes available, and the skills and qualifications they may need.

“The link between employers and education is highlighted in our corporate plan so I’m pleased we have been able to provide this excellent opportunity for local students. The council encourages other employers in the Harborough district to engage with schools and support career activities.”

Sam Askam, Key Stage 4 Citizenship Leader at Welland Park Academy, said: “A brilliant day for our students, who found out about all the exciting careers local government can offer and the importance of democracy in their district.”

If other schools are interested in coming for a careers day in the council, or if employers are interested in providing their own careers day or other activities for local schools, please get in touch with the council’s economic development team at business@harborough.gov.uk