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Year 9 Careers Fair with Ahead Partnership

Students learn from businesses at Careers Fair

Year 9 students met professionals from a range of businesses as they attended a careers event this week held at the school. 

The event was organised as part of the school’s programme of work related learning opportunities, aimed at preparing students for life in the work place.  This year’s career’s fair followed a new format and was facilitated by Ahead Partnership, who recently started delivering their Make the Grade programme in Grange Technology College and Southfield School at the Southfield Grange Campus in Little Horton.  The programme has been put in place to support the provision of exciting and inspirational activities which can boost students’ job prospects.


“I’ve learnt about different jobs for the future”  

“I feel more prepared for the future”  

“I learnt what kind of jobs are out there for my GCSE options”  Year 9 student feedback


The students worked their way around the event in timed intervals, enabling them to visit every stall and speak to the visitors about their roles, the type of opportunities available within their organisation and what qualifications are required to pursue a career in their sector. Amongst the businesses in attendance was Yorkshire Building Society who are the lead business partner for the programme at The Southfield Grange Trust. 

Year 9 students working their way around the Careers Fair.  For a full gallery of photographs from the event click here.  

Ahead Partnership are a social enterprise that connects businesses and communities to create social and economic change. The Southfield Grange Trust oversees the running of two schools, Southfield School and Grange Technology College, and is located at its modern campus in Little Horton, Bradford. 

David Jowle, Campus Communication & Marketing Officer at The Southfield Grange Trust said:  “This is the first event in what is an exciting programme of opportunities we are making available through the Make the Grade programme.  We’re delighted to be working with Ahead Partnership and YBS and look forward to rolling out other events for students across the campus throughout the duration of the programme.”

As part of the programme Louise Neill, Community Volunteering Manager for Yorkshire Building Society, has become one of the newest governors at Grange Technology College.

Louise said: “I am very excited about the launch of this new partnership, and it seemed like a natural fit when the opportunity to become a Governor presented itself. It will provide me with insights into the needs that the pupils may require for future employability-skills and to help shape the three-year Make the Grade so that it best benefits students.

“We have some exciting workshops and events coming up for this school year which include mentoring for students, CV building and interview sessions as well as financial education sessions. We are proud of our Yorkshire roots and we want to help future generations contribute to the future success of our local communities.”

The Southfield Grange Trust is part of a wider Make the Grade network of businesses and schools across West and South Yorkshire. The network is equipping students with employability skills and careers information to help them succeed in working life.

Make the Grade has built a diverse network of businesses and every year organises the delivery of a structured programme of employability activities that is tailored to the school’s needs.

Since its launch in 2011, Make the Grade has enabled 23,488 young people across West and South Yorkshire to work with over 220 businesses, with 2000 volunteers supporting more than 200 different activities.