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Grangers experience Careers Show

Top Bradford-based businesses visit school careers show to share their experience and advice with over 800 Grangers. 

Students at Bradford’s largest school met with professionals from local, regional and international businesses at a careers event this week.  Over 800 students at Grange Technology College attended the event which was arranged by local social enterprise Ahead Partnership and held at the school campus in Little Horton on Wednesday 11th October. 

The careers event is part of the Grange’s FUTURES programme, which aims to prepare students for the workplace and boost their job prospects.  Building on the success of last year’s event, this year boasted an even more impressive portfolio of 18 businesses and education providers including communications giant 02, building company Keepmoat Regeneration, the retailer Aldi, Bradford City Football Club, chemical manufacturer Christeyns, Bradford University, Leeds City College, University of Law and Craven College. 

18 providers represented at this year's Careers Show.

The students were a credit to the school and many visitors complimenting them on their conduct and enthusiasm during the event.  

Following a ‘speed dating’ format, small groups of students visited each exhibit at timed intervals, enabling them the opportunity to speak to and learn from every visitor.  The students questioned the visitors about their roles, the type of opportunities available within their organisations and what skills, qualifications and / or experience are required to pursue a career in their organisation / sector. 

Ahead Partnership has supported over 95,000 young people to date with real-life, hands-on experiences designed by local employers.

Miss Mander, Headteacher said: “A quarter of the population of Bradford is aged under 16, making it the youngest city in the UK.  The city was also identified in 2015 as having the highest rate of youth unemployment in the Yorkshire / Humber region (26%).  Therefore, it is even more important to give our young people the best possible chance of continuing their education or gaining meaningful employment when they leave Grange.  Bradford is home to major employers with company headquarters in retail, finance and advanced engineering.  Ahead Partnership made it possible to get those businesses and many others in one room, providing an invaluable resource for our students.  We are very grateful to everyone who contributed to making the event such a success.”