Such a fabulous day here supported as ever by some of our brilliant local companies. The research is clear: give children more opportunities to meet employers and understand the world of work and the more they will achieve both at school and in later life. The current TVCA strategy is helping support the agenda massively and as ever Inspire2Learn are putting on event after event to ensure the widest possible positive impact on children in the Tees Valley. Today is aimed at Y5 children and we have had nearly 300 pupils from Chaloner, St Benedict’s, Newcomen, Oakdene, Lakes, St Paulinus and Wynyard Primaries. They have spent several hours working in 20 minute sessions with: Morrisons, PD Ports, CUBIC, DuPont, Teesside University and Gabriella Grace Cakes. Before the sessions commenced we discussed what the event was all about. At 10 years of age this is not about choosing a career path but it very firmly IS about widening cultural and social capital so that better choices and opportunities in later life will be made. Well that is what the long term, large scale studies tell us. What we are also told constantly by teachers is that the impact of an event like this resonates far beyond the day they are here. Recent research by the Education & Employer Taskforce backs up this belief and suggests that employer focussed events improve pupil achievement. We are more than happy to do our bit and make a difference!