Longfield Academy was delighted to welcome a wide range of businesses to Routes into Training on Thursday 23 November. A mixed group of year 12 and year 13 students benefitted from industry advice on the progression routes available within hospitality, the NHS, the British Army, construction, social housing, teaching, pharmaceuticals, banking , trades ,film production, legal apprenticeships and sales and administration. One participant even elaborated upon careers in space.

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It is essential that our students should be as well informed as possible about the career routes available. Teacher, Mrs Lea commented “On behalf of the Longfield students I would like to express my deepest thanks to all the employers who attended, for their time and thoughtful advice to the students. I spoke to a number of students after the event that are now really enthusiastic about a career path they hadn’t considered before. “

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Each business participant gave a short presentation to all students on their industry. Pupils were then able to visit them at a stand to discuss options on a one to one basis. Many of the participants were able to offer work experience in the first instance. For those not looking to go to University, information was readily available on how to apply for apprenticeships in the near future.

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Feedback from business participants was as follows:

“Those that we spoke to were very interested in what we have to offer. Thank you again for the opportunity to attend.” Catherine Chapman, CILEx Law School www.cilexlawschool.ac.uk

“The event was very successful as it enabled us to inform the students about the industry we work in and then have time to discuss on a one to one basis. We would be happy to attend future events.” Fiona Anderson, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust www.kmpt.nhs.uk

“It was great to see so many young people enthusiastically trying to establish the career path that would best suit them, never an easy task.  Certainly the pupils I spoke to asked interesting and varied questions that I hopefully answered to their satisfaction.“ Michael Wearing, That’s Bellion Film Production Limited www.thatsbellion.com

“The students were a very nice bunch, and they asked me some great questions on the stand (“how do political events affect the price of metal?”; “how much speculation and risk is involved in your job?”; and of course the classic “is there a lot of money in this then?” – answer, “yes, if you’re very, very good at it!”)”Sean Lapham, Aalco Metals Swanley  www.aalco.co.uk

“Excellent morning at Longfield Academy presenting to 6th form students; hope they all find the careers they want” Kevin Bush, ECA www.eca.co.uk

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