Students of Highfield School, Letchworth Garden City speed network with employers
05 February 2016
Youth Connexions recently organised a careers event at Highfield School, Letchworth Garden City for some 160 Year 9 students. A number of Sixth Form students also attended to explore their career options.
A range of employers and training providers attended including East and North Herts NHS Trust, East of England Ambulance Service, Santander Bank, LV= Careers, North Herts District Council, Herts County Council, The British Army, Fujitsu, University of Herts, Herts Fire and Rescue Service, Herts Police, Solveway and UKTD.
The event took the form of speed networking, with students spending a designated time at each exhibitor’s stand and a timer giving the signal to move on.
Students were able to discuss a wide variety of possible future progression routes and employment opportunities, including apprenticeships, traineeships and Higher Education. They gained a greater understanding of the skills and qualifications employers look for and also more information about the range of job roles that currently exist in the county.
Students gathered information in work books provided by Youth Connexions and will now be able to use this to further explore their career choices. The school will follow up the event with classroom activities so the students can reflect and expand on the information they gathered at the event.
When asked what they learnt from the event, here is what some of the students said:
“How much I need to study”
“How many jobs there are out there.”
“That you can start jobs at different levels.”
“You need to work hard in school to get results to help get a job.”
Exhibitors were very impressed with the way the students engaged in the event; here are some of their comments:
“Polite, welcoming and engaged students.”
“I’m impressed to see year 9 students showing so much interest in their future careers.”
“A great opportunity to inform young people about an industry they may not of heard of.”