This May marked the unveiling of a brand new event for young people in our region; Jobs Kingdom Live’. The first event of its kind in Scotland, Jobs Kingdom Live gave all P5 students in East Lothian the opportunity to try out different jobs and learn new skills across many sectors, so that children can consider their future career path earlier in the academic journey. The children also received Jobs Kingdom Live ‘money’ for their work which they exchanged for a goodie bag.
Over the two days, 35 exhibitors representing a broad range of industries delivered hands-on, interactive workshops showcasing the world of work and the diversity of jobs that exist. The exhibitors taking part reflected the labour market trends for our region and the showcased the areas of growth and demand in industries, such as healthcare, financial services, hospitality, construction, STEM and many more.
Many of the exhibitors gave children an opportunity to discover the variety of careers in STEM. They explored the space industry with Dynamic Earth in a hands-on workshop about the Apollo space missions. With Charles River Laboratories they made their own lava lamps to demonstrate the relationship between oil and water. They found out about jobs in healthcare with NHS Lothian and explored the challenges of dementia with Bluebird Care.
Not only STEM, they got hands-on with Scottish Fire & Rescue and Police Scotland. They even created their own music with Heavy Sound. The Edinburgh College team delivered a vast range of hands-on sessions covering commerce, hospitality and event management, broadcast media skills, technical theatre, acting and special effects make-up.
There were so many highlights across the two days we couldn’t possibly fit them into one blog! Below are some of the words the young people used to sum up their experiences.
A huge thank you to all the exhibitors who made the day such a success.
Jobs Kingdom Live is a partnership between East Lothian Council’s employability service; East Lothian Works, Developing the Young Workforce Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian, Edinburgh College, Queen Margaret University and Napier University.