Year 6 pupils from local school the Edith Cavell Academy, and their teachers, visited Norwich Research Park in October to hear about the ambitious future plans for the park and find out more about the jobs that exist, and will be created, which they could consider.
The morning session included an overview presentation from Roz Bird, CEO of AIP, the science park management company for Norwich Research Park, as well as a tour of a laboratory and open plan office in the Centrum building; a tour, and talk, at the Quadram Institute about the importance of a healthy diet and the research that takes place there, and finally the pupils had the chance to work on their own science experiment organised by Jenny Rant from the SAW Trust, a charity at the John Innes Centre that uses science to stimulate creativity, exploration and learning.
Roz Bird commented, “I am keen to ensure that young people, in the local area, are fully aware of the job opportunities now and in the future created by the Norwich Research Park campus.
As a young person, growing up in Cambridge, I was inspired by the stories of companies at Cambridge Science Park.
This is not just about science and technology jobs, but the full range of different career paths created by science parks including lawyers, accountants, caterers, marketers, jobs in the construction industry, administration, landscape design and maintenance, etc.
I believe there should be something for everyone here, over the years and I want our young people to feel inspired by the activity taking place now, and for that to encourage them to work hard and do their best.”
The AIP team, who manages the campus-wide initiatives, wants the campus to be a force for good and economic prosperity for the local area, maximising the amazing research activity that takes place, on site, attracting new companies, inspiring young people and creating the jobs of the future. The team is therefore hoping to arrange more school engagement initiatives during 2024.
Headteacher Joanna Ward said, “Thank you so much for welcoming us and including such a varied programme for us during the visit. The children absolutely loved it!”