Students from sixth forms across Fenland who are not going to university after they finish school got a taste of the many other options open to them.
Fifty young people gathered at the Boathouse in Wisbech to hear talks from various companies as well as get the chance to walk around exhibition stands to find out more information at the ‘Not Going to Uni’ event.
Students heard from a range of speakers, giving information and advice on doing an apprenticeship course, getting a job with a local company, starting their own business, taking a gap year or signing up for courses at a local college.
Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive, with 95% of students saying the event was helpful to them and a 40% increase in the numbers of options that students said they were considering as a result of attending.
Feedback from businesses and other organisations exhibiting at the event was also positive, with many reporting that they had enjoyed talking with enthusiastic students and the event was a great opportunity for them to generate interest in the options their companies can offer young people. Sam Carey from Gap Advice, an organisation which offers advice and information on students looking to travel abroad for a gap year, said, “It is so refreshing to meet so many young people who are open to any ideas; this was a really great event.”
Inderjit Boora, from Nestle Purina, attended the exhibition and said, “This was a great opportunity for us to showcase the business and advertise opportunities.”
The event was very well supported by local businesses who have various opportunities for young people, including Delamore Young Plants, MM:UK, Nestle Purina, ALS Food and Pharmaceutical, Stageworks, the NHS, Savvy Cinderella, Boome Hair and Beauty and Produce World. A number of other organisations such as colleges, councils and voluntary organisations also supported the event.
The day was organised by the Fenland Enterprise in Education (FEE) Project, which is now run by The Skills Service.