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Laidlaw Scholars from Leeds University help primary school students get the 'WOW factor' for future careers


10 Laidlaw Scholar students from Leeds University took part in two World of Work (WoW) Days at primary schools in the city earlier this month, sharing their skills and knowledge with 60 primary school pupils.

Laidlaw Scholars enlisted the help of Ahead Partnership to design and deliver the WoW Days to help their students from Leeds University develop key skills from the Leadership Excellence Behaviours Framework from the programme such as purposeful leadership, strategic thinking and decision making, creativity and innovation, collaborative, delivering results, developing others and resilience, adaptability and self-awareness.

They were also designed to help encourage Year 5 pupils from Carr Manor Community Primary School and Templenewsam Halton Primary School to learn more about the research the students are doing as part of the programme and raise aspirations for those who may not have considered going to University before, helping them understand more about what employers are looking for and the skills needed to get a job after life at school.

Leonie Matthews, Ahead Partnership's Project Coordinator for the programme, said: "The WoW Days were a huge success with 94% of the pupils that took part saying it improved their knowledge of the skills needed for work. The Scholars really benefitted too with 100% of the students involved saying it helped develop their communication skills. We'd like to thank all of the students that were involved in the programme for helping young pupils in the city understand more about the world of work and how they can achieve their potential."

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