LEADING Conservative politician Michael Heseltine listened to students share their aspirations for the future during a trip to Gosport.
The former Deputy Prime Minister went to Brune Park Community School to see how pupils are benefiting from its bid to create stronger links with the business world.
Lord Heseltine also gave out advice about the importance of dreaming big.
As reported, he was invited along by the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership, which is helping students at the school get work experience placements with reputable companies.
Lord Heseltine sat around a table with youngsters and said he felt inspired about the way they spoke about the careers they wish to embark on.
Will Campbell, 15, wants to be a chef and has done some work with Thurling Catering, in Gosport.
‘It’s helpful that Lord Heseltine is here and it’s nice because he has ambitions to link us up with businesses,’ he said.
‘It’s important because it will help us and others in the future get closer to where we want to be.’
Bethany Clements, 16, who dreams of being a nurse, said: ‘It’s been really interesting to find out that he has been through all of this and he knows what we need to do.’
Lord Heseltine praised the bridges being built between schools and employers and said: ‘It’s important that politicians get out there and talk to people on the ground.
‘We have a school here which is determined to achieve the highest standards.
‘The Education Business Partnership is a very important service.
‘It’s important that kids are given the best opportunities.’
‘I was at a primary school last week where the six and seven-year-olds had ideas for what their careers should be.
‘It’s great to see that they are interested.’
Headteacher Richard Kelly said: ‘Employers need that all-round person that has a variety of skills.
‘Sometimes they will do things that they will get wrong, and the important thing we want to do is help them plan for it.’
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage, who attended, said: ‘The most valued commodity in the modern workforce is an educated workforce.’