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Successful Careers Event At Southfield Grange

On Wednesday the 10th October, Southfield Grange held the annual Grange Technology College Careers Event for students to help provide them with more information about their careers and education beyond school.

For a number of years, Southfield Grange have been partnered with Ahead Partnership who are able to provide the school with a superb careers programme on a yearly basis which is tailored towards the students, so they’re able to support their career education whilst embedding it into their curriculum.

Faron Convoy, the project coordinator of Ahead Partnership said:

“Ahead Partnership are delighted to be coordinating the annual Grange Technology College Careers Event again this year. Businesses from a breadth of sectors will attend, to talk to students about working life, their sector and different career paths. Students will learn about employability, routes into the workplace and apprenticeships, from organisations including PwC and Transpennine Express.“

There was a great turn out of students and businesses who covered a wide variety of industries and discussed the opportunities they have in-place so the students understand what’s needed of them. They discussed with the students their working life, their roles, responsibilities and the industry sector, including the different pathways students can take to access the industry.

The event allowed each business to explain the different routes into work and education and promote the opportunities the company offers.

Jane, from BAM Nuttall Civil Engineering stated:

“We want to provide the students with an insight into what civil engineering is and what we do, what we build and construct and that there’s a variety of roles within the industry. It doesn’t matter what you’re good at, there’s a role for everyone and there’s different routes into the industry as well, whether it’s an apprenticeship with BAM or going to university, there’s always a role within this industry.”

Georgina Calver, from PWC wanted the students to understand the different paths they can take into their industry, she said:

“We’re providing the students with an insight into PWC so they’re able to understand that there’s a number of routes into the industry, whether it’s a school leaver route after A Levels, or college and degree programmes. You’re able to join after your degree as well, it doesn’t matter what you’ve studied, you can join onto one of the programmes.

We don’t want them to feel restricted after the options they pick for their GCSE’s, A Levels, college course and degree, it doesn’t matter, it’s whatever you enjoy doing and it’s the grades you can achieve that’s considered.”

Rob Sessions, from Transpennine Express added:

“We wanted to show the students that there’s a variety of career paths within the railway. Whether it’s joining straight from finishing school or after your college course, there’s always career progression within the railway no matter where you enter the industry.”

The students appreciated the advice each business was able to offer them, with numerous students providing positive feedback in regards to the information they were given for career progression. With one stating:

“I enjoyed how encouraging & friendly everyone was.”

Others said they found some extremely helpful information:

“Very diverse jobs and career paths to go into.”

“I got to ask what types of qualifications would I need for my desired career. I also found my plan b.”

Overall, the careers event was a huge success for all parties involved and we would like to thank all of the businesses that joined us to help our students gain an insight into the different industries and options they have available after leaving school. The information each business provided them with will allow them to understand what’s needed and strive towards the goal they’re aiming towards.