Unilever delivered an ‘Inspiring the Future’ event for school leavers at Wirral Grammar School for Girls to allow students to see what career opportunities are available to them.

The event was opened by chief executive of Unilever Paul Polman who was joined by more than 30 volunteers from the firm ranging from apprentices to experienced employees who shared their experiences and answer questions about their jobs.

Aiming to breakdown stereotypes, ‘Inspiring the Future’ gave students the chance to meet women and men in a range of roles and allowed them to hear about careers that they may not have known existed.

Paul said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Inspiring the Future for this event, and in a part of the country that means so much to Unilever.

“The world of work is changing fast and it’s important to give young people a good understanding of the opportunities open to them.

“No better way to do that than to give them the chance to meet people from different backgrounds and in a diverse range of roles, who can share their experiences and inspire our future leaders.”

Headteacher Elaine Cogan said: “I am delighted to host this prestigious event at Wirral Grammar School for Girls.

“Post-18 education choices are changing and many more pupils will be seeking vocational and technical training in the future.

“Having professionals from Unilever talk to the students and inspire them about the range of career paths available to them is invaluable.”

Inspiring the Future is a free, online service connecting state schools and colleges with volunteers from workplaces. For more information visit www.inspiringthefuture.org