Primary school children got to experience life at a top fintech when they visited BGL Group’s Peterborough headquarters.
Thirty-one pupils from Braybrook Primary Academy stepped inside the world of work when they went behind the scenes at BGL’s Orton Southgate office, where more than 1,300 people work. The visit was arranged in partnership with The National Literacy Trust as part of its Words for Work: Dream Big programme and kickstarted a six-week project for the year one pupils.
Words for Work: Dream Big helps schoolchildren aged four to six develop their literacy skills, raise aspirations and challenge stereotypes through a variety of interactive play and skills-building activities. Pupils visit businesses as part of the programme and are sent on a mission to discover what life is like in the workplace.
The children were able to explore the office environment on a normal working day, meeting teams working across marketing, HR and tech. They even had the chance to try out one of the directors’ chairs for size.
Rachael Burns, Project Manager for Words for Work: Dream Big at the National Literacy Trust, said: “We bring schools and businesses together to help children imagine their futures and show them how the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills they learn at school will help them when they’re older.”
Children are also encouraged to ‘dream big’ when it comes to thinking about their future careers and a key aim is to remove any gender stereotypes from a young age.
Year one teacher, Stephanie Carcas, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity for the children to see real-life skills in action. They thoroughly enjoyed the visit. It’s very inspiring for them to walk around the workplace and think about what they might want to do when they are older. The children particularly enjoyed meeting the famous meerkats!”
Caroline Raines, Director of Communications, BGL Group said: “We are proud to be supporting the work of the National Literacy Trust as, here at BGL, we are passionate about helping young people realise their potential. We have created more than 200 apprentice roles through the BGL Academy and work in partnership with the Prince’s Trust to help disadvantaged young people onto the career ladder.
“It was a pleasure to welcome the pupils from Braybrook Primary Academy who were delightfully curious. We hope their visit helped bring the world of work to life and visualise a bright and successful future.”
For more information about Words for Work: Dream Big, visit: literacytrust.org.uk/programmes/words-for-work/words-work-dream-big/