Pupils from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe who will be heading out into the world of training, employment and further study had a chance to find out what is on offer at the school’s recent Careers Fair.
The Careers Fair showcased numerous employers and course providers from across the North West, from local colleges and apprenticeship providers to big employers, to inform students about the next steps they can take into their chosen careers in today’s tough economic climate.
Year 10 and 11 pupils enjoyed taking part in the event at the school. Several employers such as the Armed Services, Manchester Airport and Pets at Home and a number of sixth form colleges including Trafford College, Stockport College, Salford College of Performing Arts, Xaverian, Loreto, Manchester, Cheadle and Marple and Connell Sixth Form College visited the school.
The event featured a number of stalls from a variety of employers and colleges and a varied programme of talks was also staged with presentations covering a range of careers. This provided the pupils and their parents with the opportunity to learn more about the various colleges and the courses offered there. The pupils also had the chance to talk individually to employers and professionals representing a wide range of occupations, allowing them to ask questions about potential career opportunities, and to listen to talks on the world of work.
SukhjeetRai from Stockport College said: “The Careers event at St Paul's Catholic High School is always an enjoyable evening and all the students are extremely pleasant and welcoming. We hope both learners and parents found the event useful and informative, and will help learners in deciding their next step. The event was extremely busy and well organised with all students enthusiastic.”
Victoria McDowell, Employment and Skills Development Manager at Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, commented: “Saint Paul's has had a number of former pupils who are now on apprenticeship programmes with us and I have every confidence our excellent relationship will continue to lead to positive outcomes for students.”
Mr Alan Chapman, who is responsible for careers and work related learning at Saint Paul’s, said he had been swamped with interest when he contacted employers about taking part.
He said: “When I started contacting people I was overwhelmed by the numbers wanting to get involved. I think it’s because they realise the importance of preparing the Year 10 and Year 11 pupils. It’s important to inform them about all the options available to them.”
“We were looking to broaden our pupils’ horizons, as well as talking to potential future employers, the pupils were also able to discover more about the sixth form courses which are available at the colleges and learn about the skills and qualifications they would need to secure a place on these courses. Although it’s difficult for young people in this economic climate, I think success is about how you approach it as much as anything else.”
Mr Chapman added: “Not only were the pupils able to discuss future opportunities but they were also able to get involved with some hands-on activities such as beauty therapy and drama. There were also some fascinating practical demonstrations including a session on ‘How to Build a Car’. ”
“Events such as these offer our pupils an excellent introduction to college life and the teaching and learning environment there. We hope that this will inspire the youngsters to invest extra effort in their learning and give them some ideas about the opportunities which would then be open to them once they leave Saint Paul’s,” explained Head Teacher, Mrs Fiona Minshall. “It’s about giving pupils the tools to make well informed decisions; the pupils welcomed the opportunity to find out about their options before they leave school.”