Careers Ideas Event was a huge success
Our recent Careers Ideas Event to help our Year 10 and 12 students to understand the many careers pathways available was a huge success.
Over 40 employers and providers attended, including universities, apprenticeship providers and providers of technical careers. There were so many partner organisations to support our students, including the Fire Service, Armed Forces, North Yorkshire County Council, Align Property Partners, Purple Creative, Chipchase Manners, Darlington College, City Secret and many more. Our students were able to have meaningful discussions with employers and ask lots of questions.
The Year 12 students attended first of all, and some commented that it was like a UCAS event – with lots of higher education providers attending, such as the Universities of York, Leeds, Newcastle, Northumbria, Hull and the Northern School of Art.
The Year 10 students came through in their tutor groups and really enjoyed the event and many came back after school with parents or carers. Students spent time talking to employers face-to-face, which we’ve not been able to do for several years.
Students were only too happy to give feedback. Damien Swit, in Year 10, said: “I felt the experience was so encouraging and it has given me real drive and direction. The Careers Service we have here at Richmond School is fantastic and is so helpful in giving us guidance and ideas.”
Alexandra Thompson, also in Year 10, agreed and said: “I am looking forward to my next steps and unsure about apprenticeship or higher education but I felt that the Careers team were so helpful and the careers advisers so easy and welcoming to talk to.”
Leo Webb, in Year 10, added: “I felt the same and I am now looking forward to my future direction feeling confident and a lot more positive.”
Amanda Winstanley from Purple Creative said: “It was lovely to meet lots of interested students who were so positive and enthusiastic. Big thanks to Careers Adviser, Ruth Hamer for inviting us and organising such a wonderful event.”
Ms Mannion, Careers Leader, concluded: “Thank you to all our careers partners for helping to make this such a successful event and a big thank you to the Richmond School maintenance and catering staff who helped to set everything up to ensure it all ran smoothly on the day. There was a real sense of team and community at the event.”