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Looking forward at the Careers Fair

On Thursday the 8th of December, Ark William Parker Academy hosted a careers event designed to provide their sixth form and Year 11 students with information pertaining to both apprenticeships and Higher Education. In addition to this, a number of local firms attended the event and ran stalls informing students about career prospects with their respective businesses.

Businesses in attendance included General Dynamics, Hastings Direct and the NHS. Local universities were also in attendance including Brighton University and Canterbury Christ Church University. The day started with the Head of Ark 6th Form delivering an assembly outlining the importance of careers education and the need to think ahead given the increasing pressures in the labour market.

Students then had the opportunity to visit the numerous stalls being run by both the businesses and universities; whereupon they were able to obtain information regarding both Higher Education and vocational training with local firms.

After a short break the universities and local businesses provided workshops for the students on a wide array of topics. The content of these sessions ranged from CV writing and interview skills to student finance.

Students without exception found the day an enjoyable and worthwhile experience with many establishing links with local employers and obtaining information enabling them to make informed decisions about their next steps post 18, whether this be Higher Education or Level 4 apprenticeships.

Head of Ark 6th Form James Hamilton said; “This was an excellent opportunity for our students to start to consider what they will do after they have left sixth form. For many of them Higher Education will be the focus moving forward, however, a number of students have started to consider apprenticeship routes after today’s insightful event”.