May 2019 marked the unveiling of a brand new event for young people in our region. 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 across many sectors and learn new skills.
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 growth and demand industries for our region, including 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 and made their own lava lamps to demonstrate the relationship between oil and water with Charles River Laboratories. The children also found out about jobs in healthcare with NHS Lothian and explored the challenges of dementia with Bluebird Care.
The event didn't only focus on STEM, the children also 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.
The aim of the event was to allow the children to consider their future career path earlier in their academic journey. The children also received Jobs Kingdom Live ‘money’ for their work which they exchanged for a goodie bag in the 'shop'.
Overall the event was a huge success with smiles on the faces of all the children, teachers and exhibitors. There were so many highlights across the two days here are some of the words the children used to sum up their experiences.
We would like to once again thank all the exhibitors that made the day such a great success.
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