Four giant, hangar-sized halls full of employers, Further and Higher Education providers and trainers, welcomed fifty-two Year 11 students and four staff from our school last week. We were but a small contingent in what felt like thousands of students, teachers and members of the general public there on the day.
It was the first time that we had chosen to visit this national event. There were household names represented such as Balfour Beatty, NHS Careers, RAF, Army and Navy, BAE Systems and Jaguar Land Rover; and less well-known names that we had to find out more about.
Students were pleased that they could speak to professionals in their fields of interest. Many attended talks and presentations; some had hands-on experience. All in all, we were able to come away with information having sought out specific advice and guidance. Have you heard about apprenticeships as a way into Law? Do you know what a medical illustrator does? Did you know that even after studying degrees, students opt for apprenticeships as a way into particular trades?
It was a worthwhile experience giving students the opportunity to seek out independent careers advice. Oh, and there were lots of pens, pencils, pen drives, and other freebies in the offing. We are hoping to go again next year. For an insight, take a look at www.theskillsshow.com.
On a similar note, we still have a few places available on the Engineering, Construction, Energy and Manufacturing Careers Event at the Norfolk Showground on Thursday 28 November 2013. If you are in Year 9+ and interested in learning more about local opportunities in any of the four career sectors: Engineering, Construction, Energy and Manufacturing, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the Norfolk Showground event is available at www.thorpecareers.info.
Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form, Laundry Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR7 0XS
Main Office - 01603 497711 | Student Absence Line - 01603 497722
The Yare Education Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with company number 10301555. The registered office is at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form, Laundry Lane, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, Norfolk, NR7 0XS. (Telephone - 01603 497711)