Primary Schools – World of Work Activity

Did you know that children’s career ambitions are already limited by the age of seven?

If you are a Primary School in Norwich OA you can receive fully funded programmes for your pupils designed to kick-start their careers education. 

Action Community Enterprise (ACE) offer half day programmes for primary schools that:

  • Take an enterprising approach to personal, social and emotional skills and their importance to work, using visitors from a variety of jobs
  • Help pupils understand how jobs will change in the coming years by imagining the future, challenging gender stereotypes along the way
  • Give pupils an insight into industries such as construction, engineering, catering, tourism, retail and warehousing

Form the Future are offering

  • A half day programme for 30-300 pupils working in teams of 5 to develop an idea for a product or service, with help from local entrepreneurs
  • A full or half day activity focusing on STEAM subjects (Science, technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) enabling pupils to see how their learning relates to future careers
  • A full day programme where children meet people from a range of jobs in a “Guess Who” scenario – exploring what they do in a typical day

Learn by Design offer:

  • A full day programme for up to 240 pupils that carousels pupils through workshops with employer volunteers that focus on Aiming High, Teamwork, Listening, Leadership, Staying positive, Creativity, Problem solving and presenting
  • A full day opportunity to meet people from a range of jobs, before carouseling through workshops of hands on activities explore employability skills.
  • A full day rotation of STEAM workshops, from Robotics, to wind turbines, circuits, bridge building and the Tower Tournament!

OPUS offer:

  • Half day workshops  with interactive group activities to develop essential skills for the future based on a challenging game format.
  • Half or full day insight sessions with volunteer employers helping pupils create a ‘Hi-Viz CV’ to identify key transferable skills to their workplace/life beyond school
  • A full or half day programme working with curriculum staff/leaders to develop projects to illustrate the contextualise the meaning/implications of taught lessons, such as STEM subjects, maths and English

We are also looking for people of all backgrounds, careers and abilities to volunteer their time to support these activities.

You could support these activities by talking about the job you do and increase children’s awareness of different types of careers, build enthusiasm and inspire them!

Careers activities with primary aged students may seem unnecessary or premature, but evidence shows us that children will start to narrow their career aspirations at age 7-11 based on who they know and the role models around them.

To volunteer your time:

Contact Form The Future via their website or contact Grainne Buckley (

Contact Matt Bagley at Camouflaged Learning (

Please contact Katie White, Norwich Opportunity Area Programme Manager with any queries or for more details – / 07384 117147.