Students will meet employers at the event scheduled for 5 February and get the chance to ‘have a go’ at a range of fun and inspirational work-related activities at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire’s Hinckley and Nuneaton Campuses.
Activities will be based on subjects including performing arts, digital and media skills, automotive engineering, sport, childcare, and hairdressing and beauty therapy.
The students, who are currently in Year 10 at schools including the Nuneaton Academy, George Eliot School, Hartshill School and Ash Green School, will also get the chance to practice their skills in mock interview challenges to prepare them for their next steps after the age of 16. Businesses taking part in the event include Sigma, Black and Decorate and Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (CAVA), NHS Nursing, Bloor Homes and Creative 62.
The event has been designed to support the guidance provided by the Gatsby benchmarks which form part of the Government’s careers strategy.
Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Principal and Chief Executive of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College said, “Good quality careers advice is essential if we are to succeed in raising the aspirations of young people and help them to capitalise on opportunities. Every young person needs support to make the right decisions for their future and we are delighted to welcome so many employer partners to our event to help young people make the transition from school and college into work.
“We hope that this event will also introduce students to the possibility of coming to college, if this is the right route for them. We always offer impartial advice and guidance on a person-centred basis because we know that everybody learns in a different way. We hope that our visiting students will learn something new about their career preferences as they have fun at our World of Work event.”
North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College was praised by Ofsted as part of its inspection last year for providing access to work experience and good quality advice and guidance, enabling students to make well-informed choices and meet their career aspirations.
The college was judged as ‘Good’ overall by Ofsted with the behaviour and attitudes of its students rated as ‘Outstanding’ by inspectors. Ofsted recorded that a high proportion of students move into further learning and employment after they have successfully completed their qualifications. The report noted that good quality feedback from employers and assessors helps apprentices to ‘confidently develop the technical knowledge, skills and behaviours that enhance their effectiveness at work’ where they ‘quickly become valued employees’.