A careers fair for Year 10 and Year 12 Brooke Weston Academy students was held on Tuesday 21 August, to give them an idea of the range of local opportunities within the labour market as they make their future career choices. Seven businesses were represented, including the NHS, Morrisons and the Armed Forces, as well as two local FE colleges, invited to ensure that Brooke Weston students are aware of the educational alternatives that exist, particularly for those unsuited to the more traditional academic route. Employers generously gave up their time to inform students about their industry sectors, through presentations, followed by the opportunity for students to make a beeline for specific industry contacts in a 'market place' environment and further their knowledge by talking directly with those that interested them.
Brooke Weston careers leader Clare Scott said: ‘The morning was an invaluable opportunity for students to hear about apprenticeship and graduate options, from some fantastic local companies such as Kier WSP and Northamptonshire Police, and to think about what skills their subjects may give them when entering the local labour market or indeed what skills they might need to acquire through work experience or other extra-curricular activity. It is always inspirational to be presented with real-life examples from industry and we were delighted to welcome back Joe Dos Santos-Hardy, who left our Sixth Form this summer to start his Higher Level Apprenticeship in the Design department at Grove Engineering, to talk to younger students about his positive experiences so far in the workplace. Joe made a real impression on the students and is clearly making great leaps already in his short time at Grove. I would welcome any student with further questions for specific companies, or indeed career concerns, to contact me to discuss further.’
Mrs Scott can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org and a careers meeting can be organised.