Over 60 Year 10 Geography students in Springfield School on 11th July 2019 were given a unique classroom lesson. They were taught part of the curriculum by businesses and learnt how the organisations use it everyday in the workplace.

At the end of the session 87% said they had a better understanding of Geography in the workplace.

With sustainability and climate change currently high on the news agenda it was perfect timing for Robert Johnson of Portsmouth City Council and Zane Gunton of Havant Borough Council to offer their expertise in linking what is taught in Physical Geography to Civil Engineering.

Robert and Zane introduce the ideas behind engineering, how vital it is to our society and their case study for this was the Southsea Coastal scheme. The major project is needed to protect our coastline from rising sea levels.

The students were able to apply effects of the weather on our coastlines which is what they had been learning in the classroom to real examples. This enabled them to link exam questions to the case studies. They were then able to look at solutions to protect the coastlines from environmental damage.

The students’ response was quick and engaging and they were able to consider their solutions and discuss them. 

Robert and Zane were then able to share with the students what would work and why the solutions had been chosen for the coastline. Students found the session was informative and interactive.

At the start of the session only 44% understood how to apply the skills they had learned in Geography to the workplace by the end of the session 87% said they had a better understanding.

The Employer Engagement Sessions are run by EBP South with funding from the Hearn Foundation. The sessions give young people the opportunity to see how what they are learning in the classroom is used in the workplace.

For more information about how your school or business could get involved in the Employer Engagement Project email Eleanor Cameron on [email protected]