The Leigh Academy hosted the 3rd Higher Apprenticeship evening on the 17th of October 2017.

The Restaurant was set up to allow the participants the opportunity to place their promotional materials in a way that allowed plenty of access for the students and parents. It was amazing to see how the restaurant area changed from the above to the bustling evening that is pictured below.

Organisations supporting

We were fortunate to have EY, Lloyds of London, Laing O’Rourke, Davis Turner and many more attend the event, which is organised to get the Year 13 students thinking about possible careers options in the future. In total we had in excess of 20 organisations support the event. Many corporate organisations start their recruitment campaign in August so holding the event in October is quite timely.

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Nicola from EY mentioned that a number of students had applied to EY and it was a great opportunity to talk to the students about the recruitment process.  A4G a local Accountancy firm recruited 2 students from the Trust during the last academic year proving that targeted and appropriate career related events, improves the outcomes for our young people.

One of the students mentioned that he was exceptionally keen on a career with Davis Turner or Lloyds of London and was positively buzzing about the prospects of their apprenticeship opportunities.

We opened the event to all Trust students and we were fortunate to be joined by three Mascalls’ students who travelled to the Dartford event from the Paddock Wood area.

Job Opportunites

The television was set up to advertise the job opportunity page of the careers section of the website to businesses, students and their parents and carers   Students are actively applying for jobs, which we are advertising on the site and year on year it is attracting more opportunities.


“A very successful evening and I feel certain that some of the students may gain employment/apprenticeship opportunities having attended the event.”

                                                                                                                                                                                             Lesley Tannock, Careers Learning Development Manager