The event, run in partnership by West Somerset Council with the school and Jobcentre Plus with support from Careers South West Group, was designed to be interactive with pupils moving round the various employers to learn as much as possible.
Former Danesfield pupil, Briony Turner, now the Steam Coast Trail Project Officer based at West Somerset Council, joined the day to give her perspective.
Employers taking part included EDF Energy, Magna Housing, Code Club, Lloyds Bank, Bylor, Steam Coast Trail, Butlin’s Singer Instruments, Kier Bam, Exmoor National Park and Cosmic.
The event was aimed at pupils in year 7 - aged 11-12 years. It gave local employers the chance to talk to pupils about their organisations, associated job roles and the skills and qualifications needed to work for their business.
Organisers aimed to develop pupils’ understanding and attitudes about the world of work, the range of career opportunities available, the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed in the workplace and the way in which learning at school can be put into practical use.
Mark James, Deputy Head teacher for Danesfield School, said “I am so pleased to see the support of West Somerset Council and the Jobcentre bringing together local businesses to provide the pupils with opportunities to develop real life employability skills outside of the everyday classroom”
Cllr Andrew Hadley, the council’s Lead Member for economic growth and regeneration, said: “I was really impressed with the event. It’s so important to make youngsters aware that education is important and that there are all sorts of opportunities out there.
“I would like to thank the team that organised the event and all the employers – and young people – who took part.”
Debbie Rundle, on behalf of West Somerset Council, 01984 635280 or 01823 356407 email email@example.com