National Careers Week at ASA

Posted: 10th March 2017

On 10th March we welcomed 85 visitors from a range of local and national employers to take part in our Careers Q & A event. Professionals and Apprentices ranging from Engineers, public services, financial services industry, recruitment specialists and charities visited the academy and engaged with students.

Our guests were assigned to tutor groups where they were questioned by students on how they got into their field of choice.

All Saints’ Academy’s Head of Careers, Julie Parr said “Our young people need to be able to have the right experiences, information and guidance to be able to find out what careers are best for them. Employers put exposure to work and employability skills like team working, determination, and the ability to communicate effectively, at the top of their wish list when looking to recruit. National Careers and Apprenticeship Week is an excellent opportunity to highlight the range of careers available to young people entering the workforce, the variety of qualification pathways and the skills that are at the top of the wish list for employers.” 

At All Saints’ Academy we embrace National Careers Week with a full program of events aimed at raising aspirations and broadening horizons. We will bring together students, local employers and advisers through careers events and activities throughout the week.

National Careers Week is a celebration of careers guidance and employment opportunities across the UK.  The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people when leaving education. At a time of high youth unemployment there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education.  National Careers Week is our platform to advise and inspire our next generation as they enter the world of work.

Liz Smith. Student Social Worker Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust said “Once I got over my nerves I hope I was able to deliver some useful information to the students I spoke to today.  I surprised myself by really enjoying it and it was great to be able to promote Social Work in a positive light to young people as what is portrayed in the media is often so negative. I would be happy to take part in future events as my new career progresses. Thanks for the opportunity to spend time with such attentive students. I really appreciate them listening to what I had to say and hope that they were able to take something from it.”

Elaine Hodgin, Head of Sales & Marketing at Clarkson Evans said “Jack and I were delighted to talk to sixth form students at All Saints Academy about our career journeys in the construction industry, and hope that we’ve left the students with some top tips about how they can prepare themselves for the world of work and make their applications stand out from the crowd.”

 “The event gave us a great opportunity to showcase our award-winning electrical apprenticeship scheme. With a booming order book we’ll be taking on large numbers of new apprentices during 2017 and hope that students from All Saints Academy, who are leaving sixth form this year, will apply” added Mrs Hodgin.

“Students further down the school can give themselves a fighting chance of being successful applicants in later years by securing Grade 4s in English, maths and science GCSEs when they sit their exams.”

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