Wilmington Academy again played host to local businesses at the FSB’s skills 30:30 event on Friday 29th June.

Forty five year 12 students participated in this exciting initiative designed to bridge the gap between education and business.

First, students were welcomed to the event by Paul Andrews, CEO of Jobs in Kent, who explained both the format and purpose of the event.

Designed to help students look towards life after education, the event included two useful presentations:

Ralph Meyer, Global Senior Customer Success Manager from Linkedin gave a fast paced presentation to students on how to build their careers utilising Linkedin.

Wilmington Academy governor, Darrel Linehan of My Careers Options, elaborated upon how students can make themselves stand out in the workplace – particularly relevant as year 12 are about to start two weeks work experience.

Whilst students enjoyed their workshops, just under 30 external business participants came together to hear useful updates from Kent Supported Employment and the Federation of Small Businesses.

Speed Networking

Skills 30:30 culminates in the two groups of students and businesses joining together for a session of facilitated speed networking. Students are encouraged to discuss with guests what their future aspirations are as well as finding out how these business people came to follow their own paths.


Thank you to the FSB, presenters and guests for providing another useful opportunity for our students.


“Skills 30:30 is a fantastic opportunity for students to see what opportunities are out there for them, and to test out their growing confidence in speaking to people from varying backgrounds and professions.  This event has never disappointed; students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were left “buzzing” about their prospects.”

– Lauren Evans, Director of Learning (Post 16).


For further information, please see the following article by Alison Parmar of the FSB on this event: