Local schoolchildren take on ‘apprentice’ style tasks

St Francis de Sales Catholic Junior School, has teamed up with Sefton-based property management and development company The Sovini Group to give pupils the opportunity to experience a taste of the world of work.

The school’s ‘investors group’, made up of 23 nine-year-olds, were split into two teams and given group tasks such as designing job adverts and building the tallest tower out of assorted objects.

The event is part of St Francis de Sales School’s Investor Programme which, with the involvement of local partners, works to raise pupils’ confidence and aspirations as well as helping them develop the life skills needed for their education and future careers.

As part of this year’s programme, the children have been on a tour of The Sovini Group head office where they met directors, and a senior member of One Vision Housing (part of the group) staff visited the school for a workshop on presentation skills.

They also visited the 156 Regiment Army Reserve Camp for map reading activities and to learn about career opportunities within the Army. The programme will culminate with the children giving a final presentation to The Sovini Group’s executive management.

Head of PE at St Francis de Sales School, Mr Paul Gow said: “After the success of the investors group pilot last year, we’re really pleased to work with Sovini Group again. It’s been great for the kids to learn about career opportunities and develop key skills at UK’s best workplace, no less!”

CEO of The Sovini Group, Dr Roy Williams said: “Our partnership with St Francis de Sales School is a key part in our commitment to generating social value and giving back to the local community. We always have a great time with the kids, developing their skills and educating them about different career opportunities.”

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