On the 13th July, civil servants based at Eastbrook in Cambridge hosted a session for primary school children led by Enabling Enterprise.
Enabling Enterprise are a social enterprise that seeks to give students an insight into the world of work and inspire them to think about their future careers.
The participating Year 1 children from the Isle of Ely Primary School arrived at Eastbrook and were escorted to their room where they heard about different types of employment and why and where people go to work.
Civil Service volunteers from the Department for Education (DfE) were on hand to support the Enabling Enterprise staff, to answer questions and to offer the children a quick tour of their workplace so they could see for themselves what it is really like!
After that, the children were set the challenge of designing a new office space for the civil servants who work in Eastbrook, and soon applied some imaginative ideas to their workplace of the future. They even presented their new workspaces to a panel of 'judges'.
Hannah from DfE commented "The children seemed to really enjoy it. The two teachers from Enabling Enterprise were amazing at running the event, engaging the children and letting the CS volunteers and the teachers know what they wanted us to do. I really enjoyed it too, and think it would be great to run more in the future."
The event was deemed a success by all, and there are now plans to run three further events in Cambridge for primary school children during the 2016/17 academic year as follows:
- Thursday 10th November 2016
- Tuesday 31st January 2017
- Wednesday 24th May 2017
If you are interested in helping to support these events, please contact Susan Coles