Students at St Matthias had the opportunity to attend a Careers Expo this week. This was a fantastic opportunity to bring in a wide range of providers from FE, HE, Apprenticeships and Training and the Uniformed Services for our students to meet and learn from.
Each provider set up a stall so that students were able to informally approach lots of different trainers/employers and talk to them personally. This was a great way for students to experience a wide range of opportunities in their local community and for educators and businesses to begin to build their talent pipeline.
Providers in attendance:
Central St Michaels Sixth Form
Birmingham Institute of Music
British Film and Screen School
King Edwards VI Form College
What was the impact of our Careers Expo?
It was an excellent way for students to hear what local providers have on offer. Students in all year groups were able talk to different educators/employers and gain an understanding of what their courses/jobs entail or the different roles available, and the skills that are needed to be successful in today’s economy. The fact that it was an informal setting meant that students could ask any questions they had. Many students left with prospectuses, business cards, leaflets and free samples. Some students even had the opportunity to learn new mechanical skills via the sports car that was brought into school by Nova Training!
Feedback from students:
‘ I enjoyed speaking to the colleges and sixth forms because I learnt that they do the subjects that I want to go on and do like criminology’
‘A lot of the colleges showed me what GCSE’s I would need to be able to take the course’
‘I got to change a wheel on a car!’
‘Wolverhampton college were really helpful! They told me everything I need and reassured me that I would get a place’
Feedback from providers:
‘Well organised event’
‘Positive engagement from students’
‘Great opportunity to raise apprenticeship awareness’