Primary Careers

The Project

Start Small, Dream Big is a pilot project for primary schools in Somerset funded by the Department of Education through the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Aims of the project

This project aims to improve outcomes for Plymouth primary students by broadening their horizons, challenging stereotypes and developing aspirations of primary students. This will be completed through:

  • Increasing awareness and aspirations amongst primary aged children of the range of jobs and career pathways available to them in the future.
  • Decreasing the extent to which stereotypes limit children’s thinking about their future careers.
  • Providing children with a forward looking, realistic view of the jobs and the way we work.
  • Developing understanding amongst children of the link between what they learn in school, skills and the world of work.
  • Increasing parental engagement in supporting children to think broadly about future careers.

What will it involve?

  • An assigned Lead Teacher from each school will complete a programme of CPD to support the creation of a whole school careers strategy to embed careers education across the school.
  • Participation in baseline and endline evaluations
  • Planning for and delivering employer encounters for your pupils to increase their exposure to the world of work

Start Small; Dream Big Programme Marks a Milestone in Early Employer Encounters

The Somerset Careers Hub proudly announces the launch of Employer Encounters in its Primary Careers Programme, Start Small; Dream Big. This groundbreaking initiative in collaboration with The Careers and Enterprise Company, aims to inspire and guide young students toward a future of endless possibilities.

The Start Small; Dream Big Programme is a strategic move to bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world application and is designed to ignite the curiosity of young minds and instil a sense of aspiration from an early age. By partnering with local businesses, Start Small; Dream Big facilitates meaningful interactions that expose primary school students to various professions, fostering early career exploration.

“We believe that introducing students to the world of work at an early age is crucial in shaping their aspirations and ambitions as well as helping to challenge early stereotypes. The Start Small; Dream Big Programme is our commitment to providing students with valuable experiences that will give them a deeper understanding of a wide range of local careers, whilst sparking a curiosity and excitement about their future,” said Jenny Salmon, Project Officer at The Somerset Careers Hub.

The programme involves collaborative efforts between educators and the expertise of local businesses and professionals to create engaging and age-appropriate activities. From interactive workshops to workplace visits, students gain valuable insights into diverse career paths and igniting a passion for learning.

The Somerset Careers Hub expresses gratitude for the enthusiastic support of its local employers that have embraced this initiative, recognising the importance of investing in the development of future talent, and wishing to inspire and guide the next generation. Through these encounters, students can interact with professionals from various fields, asking questions and learning about the skills required for success.

As the programme rolls out, and more employer encounters unfold in primary schools across Somerset, it is anticipated that students will not only gain a clearer understanding of career options but also develop essential skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.

For more information about The Somerset Careers Hub Start Small; Dream Big Programme, please contact [email protected]