On Wednesday 20th September 44 Year 13 students from Longfield Academy participated in the FSB skills 30:30, an event designed to bring students and local businesses together.

Student workshops
Within a packed schedule, students heard from Paul Andrews, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Jobs in Kent, www.jobsinkent.com on the changing nature of employment. He explained that this generation, “Generation Z”, are likely to find themselves doing jobs that do not yet exist.

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Paul Andrews

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Deborah Turner

Image Consultant, Deborah Turner, www.youimageconsultancy.co.uk , gave students a host of useful tips on how to best present themselves at work

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Darrel Linehan

Darrel Linehan of My Careers Options, www.mycareersoptions.co.uk , talked to students on how to make themselves indispensable within the workplace.

Teacher, Ms Lea commented, “I thought it was incredibly helpful. The presentations at the start were really good;  a lot of home truths for the students”

Presentations for Businesses

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Alison Parmar

Whilst students were enjoying their workshops, FSB Development Manager, Alison Parmar, www.fsb.org.uk/regions/kent-medway ran over the many areas that the Federation of Small Businesses work in to support local business

Chris Homewood

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KCC’s Chris Homewood www.kent.gov.uk/jobs/starting-your-career/be-an-apprentice talked to business owners about how they could take on a young person as an apprentice and how to access funds via the apprenticeships levy.

Speed networking

After the business presentations and student workshops, all parties came together for a session of speed networking. This afforded students the opportunity to introduce themselves to a wide variety of business people, ask about their working lives and talk about their own aspirations for the future. One of the most daunting things for our young people can be talking to those that they do not know in a professional manner; speed networking gave them an ideal opportunity to overcome any such fears.

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Thank you sincerely to the FSB and business delegates for attending and informing our students.