Both parents and students were given the opportunity to meet local businesses and FE providers at the recent Neale Wade Academy careers fair. An event put on to provide information, advice and options for post school.
Students were brought into the school hall in their year groups during the afternoon and had time to walk around the exhibitors and discuss careers, further education and apprenticeships learning about different industry sectors and the different courses available. Once school had ended parents were then able to join in as well giving them the perfect chance first hand to see what was potentially on offer for their children’s future, and to speak directly with the employers and FE providers.
The range of exhibitors was broad and an excellent mix which included Perkins, Smurfit Kappa, The RAF, Royal Navy. Peterborough Regional College, University Peterborough, Metalcraft, The A14 project, NHS, College of West Anglia, Cambridge Regional College, Stageworks, Nestle, Fenland District Council plus many more.
As well chatting to the exhibitors, there were also interactive elements to some of the stands to engage the students even more such as a racing car simulator, a rocking chair and sunbed built from cardboard and hand-eye coordination games.
The event was a well organised and busy success which enabled students to learn and discover more about opportunities after school. Even the younger year groups such as Y8 and Y9 benefited from the interaction with businesses as part of the Gatsby benchmarks. Exhibitors commented on how keen the students were and that it was also a great bonus to be able to speak to the parents as well.