Year 11 students at Friesland School were given the opportunity to gain an invaluable insight into potential next steps in the world of work and further training on Friday 16 th November 2018. Friesland’s Performing Arts Centre was the venue for a marketplace careers fair with participation from the following organisations: Rolls Royce; JCB; Webs Furniture Training; Derby University; CITB; DACES; Derbyshire County Council; Joined Up Careers (Talent Academy); Juniper; Jurys Inn; Learning Unlimited; and Prostart.
The day started with an inspirational talk in the hall from Abdul Bathin – regional lead at the Careers and Enterprise Company. The key message to students was ask questions and look at the many opportunities available to you in the local area. Students then had time to visit the Market Place and were able to ask questions and receive advice on potential future pathways. Students opted to attend presentations, which focused upon particular career strands and training opportunities, including: DANCOP on Routes into Education; Creative Careers (including Quad); Derby County Community Trust (with whom Friesland already work in partnership) on careers in sport; Erewash Business Partnership – Running your own business; Rolls Royce; Talent Academy – Health and Social Care apprenticeships; WSP – Engineering apprenticeships; and sessions run by the DCC Career service.
At a time of year when year 11 students are seriously considering their future options, this event was scheduled to offer as much independent and impartial guidance as possible.
Local Erewash Member of Parliament Maggie Throup visited Friesland for the event for the first time since attending a hustings prior to her election and commented ‘it is important that students are aware of the many choices that can be available to them if they work hard.‘ She spoke to students and joined them in workshop sessions.
Peter Monk, Headteacher, expressed his thanks to the wide range of participants who contributed to this productive event and reminded local and national training organisations and businesses that Friesland welcomes links with them. He commented: ‘This has been an inaugural event for us as a school and it is such an important one. We want our students to have as many contacts with the world of work as possible. For our Year 11s, we see it as an aspirational activity and believe that it will help to inspire them to achieve the best possible outcomes in the summer 2019 examinations.’
Mat Puddy, Director of Sixth Form, who organised the event, stated how good it was to see ex-students such as Jack Readyhoof (Rolls Royce) and Willow Hempell (WSP Engineeering) returning to Friesland to provide such good role models for Year 11. He also thanked D2N2 and the Erewash Partnership for their support for this invaluable event. In total, 37 visitors from the world of Business and Careers attended the event.