More than 600 Year 6 children from 21 primary schools across Allerdale and Copeland descended on Lakes College for the annual Jobs in our Community event.

Employers from sectors such as engineering, science, hospitality, construction, public services, sport, finance and health, were on hand to talk to the children about possible career paths.

Georgina Taylor, the Year 6 Teacher at St Bridget's Catholic Primary School in Egremont, said: "The event lets the children find out about the range of jobs in West Cumbria. Often, they will think of careers such as nurses and firemen, but this event makes them think about other options too like engineering and apprenticeships.”

Equipped with a treasure hunt style questionnaire, the young people made their way around the fair asking questions and trying new things.

Mr Gale from Fairfield Primary School in Cockermouth said: “It been really inspiring for the children. There are a range of jobs and great practical activities.”

Funded by Cumbria Community Foundation and organised by Inspira, the event was aimed at introducing children in Year 6 to the world of work, helping them understand the variety of jobs available across sectors, helping them to start thinking about their future career paths.

Mason Rothery, a pupil student at Allonby Primary School who had queued up to try the virtual reality headset said: “It was amazing. I like to test virtual reality. It’s the best day of my life.”