SCHOOL pupils have been given an early indication about what the wide world of employment could offer.

Year 10 pupils at Hexham’s Queen Elizabeth High explored different career options as they were visited by a wide variety of businesses from across the North-East and beyond during the school’s annual World of Work Day.

The event allowed pupils to explore different options as they considered what steps they might wish to take next in terms of degrees and future careers.

World of Work Day was held as part of the careers programme delivered at the school.

Well-known firms such as Greggs, Northumberland County Council, Red Engineering, Egger, Tolent Construction and the North East Ambulance sent employees to chat to the teenagers to inform them about how careers in their respective industries could be suitable for them.

The Department of Work and Pensions, together with volunteers from Hexham Rotary Club, worked with pupils on creating a CV, while the National Citizen Service ran sessions on team building around the theme of regional identity.

Newcastle College attracted crowds outside the Hydro building with stalls offering hair and beauty, childcare, automotive engineering, music production and aviation advice. The Army was also present, running problem-solving activities and an assault course.

Pupils at the school were split into small groups to ensure they could visit as many employers as possible.