On Thursday 24 May, over 50 primary school children from across Suffolk took part in a mini graduation ceremony organised by University Campus Suffolk (UCS) and the Suffolk Children’s University (SCU), donning gowns and mortar boards in celebration of their achievements during the World of Work, an aspiration raising event organised by Suffolk County Council and Chantry High School.
Watched by family and friends certificates were awarded by Ben Gummer MP to Year 5 children from Sprites, The Oaks, Ranelagh, and Halifax Primary Schools.
The World of Work event, run over three days, focussed on improving the children’s knowledge of time management, motivation, appearance, professional conduct and communication through a range of activities run by local employers and education providers as part of the employability charter.
Jackie Fairweather, SCU Programme Manager, said: “It was a great to celebrate with the young people, I am sure they will remember the event and will continue to be motivated and work hard to achieve their aspirations.”
Sian Hiskey, UCS Widening Participation Officer, said: “The World of Work event was a fantastic opportunity for the young people of Suffolk to discover more about what it is like to be a professional in the working world, the celebration event yesterday had a real sense of occasion and will hopefully have encouraged the children to aim high in the future.”
• Suffolk school children outside the UCS Waterfront Building. Picture: Lawrence Godfrey Photography.