The annual careers fair held at Ely Cathedral was once again a huge success. The stunning setting of the cathedral makes it one of the highlights of the year for many who attend and is eagerly anticipated every year.
This year over 55 exhibitors set up lining along the nave and north and south transepts ready to greet and engage with over 1500 students from various schools. Students from years 10, 11 and 6th formers visited in hourly slots. Streaming in through the front entrance and into the grand cavernous space to discover as much as they could in their time slot from a multitude of industries including engineering, healthcare, beauty, transport, financial, law, sport and many more. Plenty of the stands were interactive and got the students engaged from the get go.
Also exhibiting were universities, colleges and training providers from around the region providing information on the many courses and options that the students could start to think about.
The day was also unique in providing access for the first hour to eight primary schools who came along with 380 year 5 children. It was great to see them engaging at such an early age with the exhibitors and generally having a really wonderful experience that, even though they may not realise yet, will possibly have a positive impact on their future plans.
Putting on such an amazing event couldn’t be possible without the support and sponsorship from several local businesses and college’s. Thorlabs, Tesco, West Suffolk College, Shearline, Ivor Searle, CIGRE UK, Busy Bee Recruitment, Bishop Laney’s Charity, Ely College and of course the support from the Cathedral team themselves (who were also kind enough to allow us to make our way up to the top of the Cathedral for some birds eye views of the day – truly spectacular!)
Federica from The AIM Group said: “the day helped the students by improving knowledge and understanding of the workplace and job roles, their skills development, understanding more about apprenticeships and provided motivation towards exam results”