PRIMARY school pupils had a chance to find out about career opportunities at an event in Workington.

More than 700 year six pupils from 23 West Cumbrian schools met with 20 employers at Workington Leisure Centre.

Catering, policing and engineering were among the careers showcased at the event organised by Inspira.

Bertha Priestly, professional adviser at Inspira, said: "It's a career awareness day to encourage children to think beyond school.

"When they leave primary school there can be a dip in interest and here we want to encourage them to keep up the good work when they go to secondary school.

"The event went well, the children were very engaged. The activities were very hands on because of the age of the children."

Brooke Dixon, who attends Orgill Primary School, Egremont, said: "I was really excited to meet the police. I think it's great that they came along and got everybody involved."

Dan Huddart, who is also a pupil at Orgill Primary School, said: "The event was really good. We met with the people from the fire service and did some activities. It's really useful."

Zach Bacon, who attends Westfield Primary School in Workington, said: "I love the police part of it, and it's just good fun."

Chris Tweedle, year six teacher at Westfield Primary School, said: "It's good for the children to see what jobs are available to them and raise their aspirations. "

Lisa Ford, who was manning Impact Housing's stall, said: "We've done quite a lot about engagement with young people in the past and it's about trying to inspire them on what they want to do in the future.

"Children seemed happy to find out about the different opportunities."