Partners involved in the delivery of Kirkby’s new Headbolt Lane station recently took part in a “career carousel” at All Saints Catholic High School in Kirkby to highlight the career opportunities available in the rail sector.
Organisations delivering the new station in partnership with Knowsley Council – including contractors Buckingham Group, Network Rail, Merseyrail and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority – engaged with Year 9 & 10 pupils at the school.
All Saints is close to the site of the new station, which is scheduled for completion in 2023.
Pupils were given an insight into the day to day activities and skills required in the rail sector and the vast career opportunities available.
Marion Atkinson, Rail Support Officer at LCRCA said: “Sharing our experiences with students was great fun and we had some really challenging questions on the day. A key feature of our investment in Headbolt Lane has been to maximise the social value created and so we are committed and will continue to work closely with local schools to ensure this project brings as many opportunities as it possibly can to improve skills and outcomes for our young people.”
Margaret O’Neill, Assistant Headteacher at All Saints, said: “It was definitely a big success and feedback has all been very positive from the students and staff. Our learners have missed out on vital face to face employer engagement over the last 2 years. And now as they are starting to plan for life after GCSE’s, getting this insight into different careers paths and jobs will have made a massive difference”.