Following a recent report stating that career ambitions are already limited by the age of 7, Lancaster & Morecambe College (LMC) opened its campus doors to Ryelands Primary School today to show them what they can expect from learning in a vocational environment in years to come.
Inviting schools onto campus to learn about vocational education and other various pathways helps the College to develop close links with those who have input into the wider Morecambe Bay Curriculum, which is at the heart of the Eden Learning offer.
David Grist, teacher at Ryelands, explained:
“We’ve brought the kids here today to give them an opportunity to engage in their own curriculum and to really think about how it’s taught to them, and whether there are any gaps that can be filled.”
The children spent a couple of hours discussing their own school curriculum before embarking on a tour of the College, widening their horizons by seeing the industry-standard facilities on offer such as The Salon used by our Hair & Beauty students, The Learning Den in our Childcare department, and also our Animal Studies classroom, where the children could stroke our resident animals who are looked after by Eden Land-Based and Animal Studies students.
Childcare tutor at LMC, Wendy Waterman, commented:
“It’s been a really lovely experience having the children here and it’s great to see how excited and engaged they are, they’re already talking about different careers that they want to pursue. It’s also been good for my Level 3 students to be able to talk about their experience on the Early Years course.
“It’s fantastic that we can inspire future generations into furthering their education and coming to college.”
The afternoon session was led by Level 3 Early Years Educator students at the College, which gave the learners a real-life opportunity to engage with children at a primary school age, an experience that some of them wish to pursue in their future careers.