The annual careers fair that Cromwell Community College hold was again a huge success and enthusiastically received by students and exhibitors. Over 1000 students from years 6 (local primary), 7, 10, 11, 12 and 13 were treated to a variety of local businesses and training providers and higher education settings showcasing their industry and career options and choices for higher education. And what is available in the local area, enhancing the LMI knowledge of the students.
Exhibitors engaged with the students not just by traditional means, but there were also some very interesting interactive stands that got the students involved – The College of West Anglia brought with them a multitude of stands. Make up area where students could get glitter hair and facials done, a game where they had to test their reflexes against each other and stick insects that could be handled!
ALS Foods and Pharmaceutical had STEM activities that encouraged the students to discover more about what their industry entails and take a hands on approach. Whilst many offered little giveaways (as long as the students took on some information and guidance).
As well as the many exhibitors and the chance for students to gain a better insight into their career paths and options, the school prefects were able to get involved. They helped set the day up and introduced exhibitors to their area. They also provided refreshments throughout the day (which always goes down very well). Clive Sheridan from the University of Bedfordshire said: “The school was very welcoming and the prefects looking after us was very well done”
The fair ran for the entire school day with each year group having a timeslot to get around. The event then crossed over into an evening session for year 10 students where parents could attend with a focus on apprenticeships. It’s a great way for parents to find out more first hand from the providers on the details of apprenticeships and what the benefits are.
Flora Cooke from Bishop Grosseteste said: “The students were polite, motivated and engaged. Really enjoyed this event which was also exceptionally well run”
And Stageworks thought the event was excellent and beneficial to all involved saying “All of the students I spoke with were very friendly and polite. They were asking genuine questions and were interested in what we offer”