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SUPPORTING CAREER RELATED LEARNING TO ALL PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN WEST CUMBRIA

Taylor Neyliss is a Commissioning Technician (Mechanical) at Sellafield Ltd. She has recently volunteered to support Victoria Juniors with our SkillsBlox programme. This is a skills development programme for primary pupils across Cumbria. Read more about SkillsBlox

Not only to do we support organisations and business to develop links with their local primary schools, we offer training and support to develop the volunteering individual, helping them develop skills that they can use at work.

What Taylor shared with us.

“The SkillsBlox programme is encouraging the children to think about different types of careers and its brilliant to see them getting involved, being interested, and learning new skills.”

“SkillsBlox programme has helped my own personal development, improved collaboration – as have got excellent links to the school now and developing relationships with the children.”

“Getting involved has helped me to develop my confidence and better working with children.”

“The range of activities that are available through the SkillsBlox Programme gives the children an insight into the range of different options available to them when they get older and skill required to succeed.”

“I think it’s a great programme and I think that it gives back to the younger generation and local community in a deprived area of Workington.”

Taylor Neyliss | Commissioning Technician (Mechanical)

About

I went to Victoria Infants and Junior schools,then to Stainburn school & science college (Workington Academy, I chose this school as it was a science specialist school. Following this I went to Gen 2 to study Mechanical Engineering and did an apprenticeship. I completed A ‘levels – all A’s! and went straight into work at Sellafield as a fitter. I completed an HNC in Mechanical Engineering through Sellafield, then moved to be a commissioning technician and currently finishing HND.

Involvement 

SkillsBlox Advisor

Programme Impact

The SkillsBlox programme has helped my own personal development, it’s improved my opportunities to collaborate, I now have got excellent links to the school and developing relationships with the children.

I can see how the SkillsBlox programme is encouraging the children to think about different types of careers and its brilliant to see them getting involved, being interested, and learning new skills.

The range of activities that are available through the SkillsBlox Programme gives the children an insight into the range of different options available to them for when they get older and learn about the skills required to succeed.

Benefits

I got involved to get more kids into engineering and to show that engineering is not just a man’s job.  I also wanted to support my old schools. When I was growing up, I didn’t get these opportunities and hadn’t got a clue about what I wanted to do! I loved science at school and knew I wanted to do a job linked to science but didn’t know what my options were. Also, I wanted to inspire the children who go to Victoria Infants and Juniors to get into engineering and science-based careers and to realise that it is a job that anyone can do.

Getting involved has helped me to develop my confidence and better working with children. I’ve organised workshops and get volunteers into the school to help, this is required planning and lots of preparation – I have definitely increased my softer skills.