Education and Enterprise Week, running in conjunction with Leeds Ahead, will allow lawyers to take part in a range of school-based activities in some of city’s most deprived communities, between Monday 12 – Friday 16 October.
This year, the project will embrace the ‘World of Work’ theme with focused sessions including ‘A Day In A Life’ to gain first hand accounts of working as a lawyer, ‘Picking A Path’ to plan what qualifications and experience is needed to get into a particular career and ‘Are You Right For The Job’, to establish which skills and qualities are most important for certain jobs.
Around 100 volunteers will get involved in running the sessions, held in primary schools around the city. The activities are aimed at raising children’s aspirations, and the volunteers from law firms across Leeds will work with over 500 children and encourage them to take an interest in their future career ambitions, in a fun and engaging way.
Rosemary Edwards, director of Leeds Legal and a partner at Shulmans, said: “We are looking forward to next week’s Education and Enterprise Week. It’s a great opportunity for lawyers to get involved, have fun, and give something back to the community.
“Last year the volunteers had a great time back in the classroom. They got involved with all the activities encouraging and motivating the children to think about their career aspirations through their own experiences and knowledge. This was invaluable for the children to gain an insight into the world of work, while having lots of fun.”
Stephanie Burras, chief executive of Leeds Ahead, said: “This year’s activities will allow the volunteers to share their experience with the children and explore all areas of working, from qualifications to career choices. It’s a great opportunity for Leeds lawyers to encourage young people within inner city schools to consider their future job prospects and inspire them to aim high.”