SCHOOLCHILDREN in Winsford have discovered jobs they may never have even heard about.

Pupils at Willow Wood Community Nursery and Primary School have been challenged to guess the profession of a series of special visitors.

People who work in a variety of trades and industries are giving up their time to take part in unique assemblies.

In a series of fun, fact-finding sessions, pupils were inspired to find out about lots of different jobs. 

The children, who are now studying at home, are now thinking about their future careers. 

Headteacher Martin Bell said: “These fortnightly Raising Aspirations assemblies have been a real success, showcasing a wide range of future careers and inspiring our pupils.”

This term they have been learning about careers in graphic design, recruitment, politics and recycling management.

Year 5 teacher Adam Aspinall explained how the project worked, saying: "The assemblies are interactive and engaging. I introduce the guest and the children ask questions that the guest can only answer yes or no to until they successfully identify the job sector and role.

"They learn a lot about different jobs."

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Each guest speaker is asked to describe their daily duties and what qualifications they need to do their role.

Teacher Adam Aspinall said: "The assemblies are interactive and engaging. I introduce the guest and the children ask questions that the guest can only answer yes or no to until they successfully identify the job sector and role.

"They learn a lot about different jobs."

Each guest speaker is asked to describe their daily duties and what qualifications they need to do their role.

Many of the speakers bring props, uniforms and sometimes videos to demonstrate their jobs.

They are also invited to explain how the skills children learn in the classroom, such as vocabulary, communication, team work, time keeping, maths and English, could help them develop rewarding careers.

The raising aspirations project also aims to dispel myths and shatter stereotypes.

Graphic designer Dave Bradburn inspired many children, those who enjoy ICT and art, to consider a rewarding future career following in his footsteps.

Recruitment director Sonia Burden shared her career experience. Pupils learnt about the challenges of the role and the transferable skills required to do her job.

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Recruitment director Sonia Burden spoke about her career

Matthew Davies, known as the 'waste doctor' spoke about his role as a recycling expert. Matthew also delivered a workshop to Year 5 Willow Wood Mini Police who are helping to improve the local environment. 

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Matthew Davies spoke about his role as a recycling expert

Winsford town Cllr Nathan Pardoe described how he supports members of the community and stressed the importance of good communication skills.

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Cllr Pardoe spoke about the work he does

Many of the children expressed an interest in becoming a politician. Some even said they would like to be the Prime Minister.

An air hostess, lab technician, ambulance driver, catering manager, phone salesman and pharmaceutical drug analyst are among some of the visitors who have inspired the children since the project was launched.