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Careers Day Provides Inspiration and Insight into the World of Work

Thirty representatives from the world of work and further education provided a thought-provoking and aspirational day for students at TCA’s annual Careers Day.

Thirty representatives from the world of work and further education provided a thought-provoking and aspirational day for students at TCA’s annual Careers Day.

 The event, which is held in conjunction with the Skills Service, was open to all students from Year 8 to Sixth Form. It gave students the chance to meet a wide variety of businesses and organisations, including NatWest, Nestle, Cambridgeshire Police, Anglian Water, the RAF and the fire service. A number of universities and training/apprenticeship providers were on hand to encourage students to think about their next steps and what they need to do to get there.

In addition, information was provided about the opportunities available through the National Citizen Scheme.  

 CEIAG Ambassador Vicky Read staged the event and she said: “For years 8 and 9, it’s about helping them to think about what options they might want to take because of the courses they lead into. For Year 10 and 11 students, they’ll be thinking about their post-16 options and for Sixth Formers, it’s about supplying information about post-A Level options.

“We want to give students the opportunity to talk to employers and understand what the world of work is actually like and what skills are required.  The event gives them a range of different organisations to talk to, all in one place. We have about 1,000 students go through the event – we just wouldn’t be able to take that many out on trips to this many companies.”

Students said the event was an eye-opener and helped to answer their questions.

Marcus Thompson in Year 10 said: “I think the event broadens your mind because it shows you how the different industries work. It gives you lots of information about different jobs or if you’re looking to go to university. I’ve been learning about the jobs involved in engineering and the issues like efficiency and energy and how to make energy cleaner.”

Year 10 student Emilia Riley added: “I’m interested in studying journalism and I was surprised by how many universities offer journalism courses. I also found out there are lots of different courses, such as sports and magazine journalism. I spoke to people from the universities and they told me about the importance of getting good A Levels to get onto the courses.”

 Among those in attendance were Andrew Burling and Geoff Huntington who work for Anglian Water.

Mr Burling said: “We’ve been talking to students about the different technologies we use as a company to combat leakage, from 1950s technology – the listing stick – up to the present day with the use of thermal imagery, drones and sewer buggies.

“We’re doing all this with a view that these conversations could trigger their imaginations as to what will be possible in the future.”