A GOGGLEBOX star helped students at Harris Church of England Academy learn about careers in broadcasting and the creative industries, alongside some Channel 4 colleagues.
A range of assemblies and workshops were delivered at the school last week by 4Schools, Channel 4’s initiative to give young people an understanding of what it is like to work in the world of television, film and digital.
Year 9 students were excited to welcome Baasit Siddiqui, star of hit show Gogglebox, who shared his own experiences of working with a range of people in different roles in the television industry.
In a Q&A session with the year group, he spoke alongside the broadcaster’s Schools Engagement and Delivery Manager Jess Fisher, lawyer Amelia Wilson, and Assistant Programme Information Editor Charlotte Hall.
The week saw Year 7 and Year 9 students participate in the 4Schools Understanding your Skills session, aimed at encouraging students to see where in the curriculum they develop their skills, and how they can then link these skills to careers in the TV and broadcasting industry.
Year 8 took part in a 4Schools Careers Quiz workshop to identify a job match in the TV and broadcasting industry based on their favourite subjects, skills and interests – to encourage them to look at their school subjects in a different light, and to help them consider steps beyond GCSEs.
The school’s Careers Adviser Anna Wilson said: “The workshops from Channel 4 gave our students an insight into careers in an exciting and different industry. The fun and interactive sessions allowed them to focus on their individual skills and strengths whilst highlighting the importance of their school subjects.
“Year 9 students had the added bonus of meeting Baasit Siddiqui in person to pose their questions about working in the industry – and, of course, finding out more about his experiences on Googlebox.”
Kevin Blacoe, Head of Skills and Partnerships at Channel 4, said: “4Schools is reaching out to secondary schools to inspire students by showcasing the broad range of roles in one of the UK’s most successful industries.
“We want to bring to life what it’s like to work at somewhere like Channel 4 as well as the kinds of jobs available among the hundreds of independent production companies we work with every year.”
4Schools is designed to motivate children to picture themselves in the creative sector, by bringing to life the breadth of careers on offer and provide practical guidance on enabling them to fulfil their potential within it.
Visit www.4Schools.co.uk for more information.