27th Jan, 2020

Solihull primary school pupils get hands-on work-experience in great outdoors

Sarah Mason 13th Nov, 2019

PRIMARY school children in Solihull will be able to get a taste of outdoor careers thanks to a green-fingered charity.

Gro-Organic will be heading into five schools across the borough as part of its award winning Young Explorers initiative which gives children hands-on experience of jobs including garden design, landscaping and construction.

The Chelmsley Wood based Social Enterprise has been selected as one of 15 providers across the country to scale up their career focused programmes in primary schools.

They will be working with children from St Alphege Junior and Infants School, Coleshill Heath, Windy Arbor, Yorkswood and Haslucks Green.

Young Explorers is focused around outdoor careers, utilising Gro Organic’s outdoor experience to provide children with career related learning in role.

Tal Arrowsmith, the youth engagement lead at Gro-Organic said: “A nine to five job was something I always dreaded as a young person, I was always more comfortable in a pair of hiking boots or camping gear than I ever would be in a suit and this resonates with many of the young people we encounter.

“Increasingly, more and more young people are seeking careers that allow them to take advantage of nature and build careers in outdoor pursuits.

“At primary age, children just aren’t aware of outdoor careers and the benefits it can bring to your mental and physical wellbeing.

“Whether it be an expedition leader, an environmental researcher or archaeologist – my job is to expose all these kind of job roles and give children practical experiences that will enable them to discover the broad range of outdoor careers they could enjoy, regardless of their gender, background or perceived ability.”

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