SCHOOLS have adapted to the challenging coronavirus pandemic by creating a new virtual initiative.

Whitehaven and Workington academies have joined with some of the country’s biggest employers and training providers on Futures Week.

Futures Week, which is aimed towards Year 11 students, will take place from November 23 to 27.

The virtual experience offers students interactive activities in a range of areas including courses available at West Coast Sixth Form and Lakes College and through apprenticeship providers such as Sellafield, Gen2, System People and RWP.

Futures Week is designed to make students aware of the career options available.

Careers leader Andrea McAllister feels it is important that Covid-19 restrictions do not close off future education, training and employment opportunities.

Mrs McAllister said: “2020 has presented many issues for everyone, one of which is a significant rise in unemployment. Sadly, this will affect our young people too with current statistics showing that the younger members of the workforce have been hit the hardest. We are committed to preparing young people for their next steps, in the world of work or continuing education or training. Our West Coast Sixth Form offers a range of courses suitable for many students and is a good way to keep options open for the future, but it is not the only option.

“We are therefore working with Year 11 students to promote pathways available to all to make sure that each young person is fully aware of their options and how to adapt to a changing world of work.”