Inspiring Wakefield launches at South Parade Primary School today

Primary schools across Wakefield are running a series of inspiring events throughout spring, designed to inspire children about the huge range of interesting and exciting career possibilities available to them.

Inspiring Wakefield will launch on 13 February at South Parade Primary with volunteers from a wide range of interesting careers, coming in to schools to talk to children about the jobs they love and how they got there.  The event will include a ‘Key to Success’ assembly followed by ‘Career speed networking’ session where children ask questions about the volunteers’ jobs.

Inspiring Wakefield, part of the Primary Futures programme is run by the charity Education and Employers and National Association of Head Teachers. Primary Futures connects schools with volunteers via its free, online platform and currently has around 40,000 volunteers –  from App Designers to Zoologists, CEOs to Apprentices – happy to go into schools to help inspire young people.






Education and Employers charity’s, recent report Drawing the Future which surveyed 20,000 primary school children and was launched at Davos in January, found that gender and other stereotypes in careers aspirations start at primary school age. Inspiring Wakefield aims to tackle this in the area by introducing children to positive role models and showing them that with a working hard at school, they can be whatever they want to be.

South Parade Primary has a wide range of volunteers attending the event to talk to children, including:

 Author Sharon King
Area Sales Manager YPO Darrell Craven
Arena IT group Natalie Fox
Arena IT group Tracey Atkinson
Audi Wakefield Shane Lissaman
Barrister Kelly Cronin
Beer Huis David Jones
Bio-Medical Scientist Helen Senior
Business Development Director Backstage Academy Sarah Gledhil
Design Engineer Vince Wigglesworth
Employment and Skills Officer Wakefield Council Gillian Wallis
Finance Director KVH studios Anthony
Firefighter Stephen Wheatley
Gaming Designer John Dennis
Head of Audio Operations Glenn Pinder
Head of Wakefield Music Services Phil Needham
Headteacher Wakefield Girls High Nina Gunson
HSBC Misi Fowode
Jeweller Jackie Dean
Journalist Carmel Harrison
Look North Weather Presenter Owain Wyn
Makeup Artist Carrie Whitworth
Midwife, Pinderfields Hospital Ameila Fowles
Mounted Police Man Paul Oldroyd
Muse Tour Director / MD Backstage Academy Glen Rowe
Music School Melanie Cossins
Northern Rail Driving Instructor Catherine Walker
Northern Rail Head of Time Performance Management Julia Wraithmell
Nurse Melanie Burnell
Peripatetic Trainer, Leeds Teaching Hospital Rebecca McManus
Photographer Kevin Pearson
Production Manager Packaging Design Agency Chris Fieldhouse
Programme Support Tutor Manchester University Dr Tim Gabriel
RSR Construction Craig Hollingworth
Scientist University of Leeds Luke Souter
Scientist University of Leeds Sophie Taylor
Senior Pet Health Advisor, Calder Vets Lara McHale
Senior Project Manager University of Leeds Emma Wright
Site Manager, Keepmoat Felix
Social + Economic Impact Manager, KeepMoat Sarah Hopkinson
The Arts Jaqui Wickes
WDH Social Inclusion Manager Sharon Poole
WDH Social Investment Manager Tim Craven
West Yorks Fire Service District Commander Tim Jones
YPO Marketing Fiona
YPO MD Jo Marshall

Confirmed schools taking part in Inspiring Wakefield to date are as follows – and more are in discussion about joining the programme.

South Parade Primary, Ossett
Flanshaw Junior Infant and Nursery School, Wakefield
Newton Hill Community School, Wakefield
The Mount Junior Infant and Nursery School, Wakefield
Park Junior Academy, Castleford
Wheldon Infant School and Nursery, Castleford
Half Acres Primary School, Castleford
Glasshoughton Infants Aacdemy, Castleford
Pinders Primary School, Wakefield
Lawefield Primary, Wakefield
Grove Lea Primary School, Pontefract
Altofts Junior School, Normanton
Normanton Junior School, Normanton
Streethouse Primary, Pontefract

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please sign up here. Or if you are a school looking to run a similar event, please sign up here.