Organised by Education Business Partnership (EBP) over 1,200 local 14-17 years old from a range of local Swindon schools got the chance to talk to a wide range of inspirational businesses, colleges, training providers and universities, to compare, contrast and find out about the options they have when they finish their GCSEs and A Levels. One student from Lydiard Park said, “It’s a very fun experience, there are options here I haven’t even considered.”
Over 40 organisations attended the event, held at STEAM, and offered students a hands-on challenge to help develop skills or understand the challenges that face the business. With many more companies now offering apprenticeships at both age 16 and 18, so a real alternative to higher education, raising the awareness of these, their benefits and opportunities was important. And 82% of young people said this event had opened their eyes to career options available.
Teachers at school play an important part in the careers education that young people receive, and all the teachers said that they would come to events like this again, one commented, “A lot of youngsters don’t know what they want to do when they leave school, they’ve been really excited about today and have even prepared questions. It’s a great time to have it at the end of the summer term.”
Michelle Smith, CEO of EBP said, “We are very grateful to all the businesses attending the event today as without them and our sponsors this would not be possible. I am proud to be able to say that we have helped inspire and influence the younger generation’s choices in this unique and exciting way. There is no substitute for getting young people to talk directly to a wide range of industry professionals who can show what great career prospects there are for young people.”
Thank you to The Careers and Enterprise Company for funding this event with sponsorship from Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM), Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Medical Mavericks, Now Vauxhall, Thames Water and Torin-Sifan.