1 - Fairtrade Career Web
In this lesson students consider the many jobs associated with Fairtrade and think about the most important skills and abilities required for each role.
This lesson plan includes links to Curriculum aims and/or programmes of study in PSHE.
To consider the very many different jobs and careers associated with Fairtrade
To use a variety of information sources to explore options and choices in career and financial contexts
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In groups students have 2 minutes to note down as many different types of job as they can (e.g. management, scientist, farmer, trader, politician, teacher etc.)
Discuss with the class the types of job that they associate with Fairtrade. Challenge students to look beyond farmers and shop owners to people who run producer co-operatives, factory workers who produce goods such as the Geobar in the UK, the designers of packaging, charity workers, seed growers, campaigners, politicians etc.
Groups use these ideas, add their own and look through producer groups and profiles to list as many jobs associated with Fairtrade as possible.
Distribute a large piece of paper to each group and ask them to write Fairtrade in the centre. They then begin to note those professions they have identified on the paper, putting those they believe to be most closely associated nearest the centre and working outwards.
Students then draw links between those professions which they believe are connected e.g. campaigner and politician, seed grower and farmer etc. They add what they believe to be the most important skills or abilities for each job.
Students think of ten words related to the lesson and then swap with someone else and try to identify the different ways in which the words are linked. For example, producers are linked to Fairtrade because it benefits them.
Students write a job description and person specification for a job they believe to be closely linked to Fairtrade. Click here to see a sample person specification and job description.