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 22tnd November 2019. Friesland’s Performing Arts Centre and Sixth Form building were the venues for a marketplace careers fair with participation from the following organisations: Rolls Royce, Boots, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue, HMRC, Cooper Parry, Barratt Homes Construction, Webs Furniture Training, Derby County Community Trust, Chesterfield College, Joined Up Careers , Juniper, WSP Engineering, Confetti College, Futures For Business, Learning Unlimited, DANCOP, White Rose Academy, RAF, Army, Nottingham Trent University, University of Nottingham, Loughborough University and the University of Lincoln.
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 to ask questions and look at the many opportunities available in the region. He underlined the need for a strong work ethic and resilience. Maggie Throup encouraged students to select future choices based upon a passion, combined with the essential hard work.
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 focussing upon routes into Higher Education; Creative Careers (including Confetti College and Ben Green, an ex student); Derby County Community Trust (with whom Friesland already work in partnership) on careers in sport; Rolls Royce ( Jack Readyhoof, an ex student who is completing a degree apprenticeship); WSP – Engineering apprenticeships(Willow Hempell, another member of Friesland’s alumni) and Futures for Business who delivered an informative session about apprenticeships and interview skills. Careers in Law and Finance were also explored, including a talk from Harrison Burroughs , a former student who is training to become a Barrister.
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. Clare Hodgson,Carrers Adviser, was able to support students in making applications for courses during the event and Unifrog was used extensively to help students with careers research.
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 built and expanded upon our inaugural event last year. We want our students to have as many contacts with the world of work as possible. For our Year 11 students, 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 2020 examinations.’
Mat Puddy, Director of Sixth Form, stated how good it was to see ex-students such as Jack Readyhoof, Willow Hempell , Harrison Burrows, Sally Bradbery and Ben Green returning to Friesland to provide such good role models for our current students. He also thanked D2N2 for their support for this invaluable event. In total, nearly fifty visitors attended the event, alongside nearly 250 students, including year 12 and 13 students who decided to take advantage of this opportunity.