On Wednesday 21st September year 13 students at Longfield Academy took part in Skills 30:30, an event organised for them by the Federation of Small Businesses (www.fsb.org.uk/regions/kent-medway). The day began with a briefing for both students and participating businesses on the format and purpose of the day with students then benefitting from a workshop on managing personal finances by Dom Education (www.domeg.co.uk). Within this interactive presentation, students discussed how to develop money management skills with topics such as spending habits, needs versus wants, banking facilities, good/bad debt and understanding payslips.


Meanwhile, businesses were informed on the opportunities for taking on an apprentice by Chris Homewood, Employability Development Officer at Kent County Council


Mrs Lea, Head of Post 16 commented “Thank you for organising such a fantastic event, the students hugely benefitted from speaking to so many employers. It helped improve the student’s confidence, and opened up new ideas to them that they hadn’t even thought of before. I’d love to host it again next year.”


Student comments were:

“All the employers were very easy to talk to and gave good advice worth taking on”- Michael

“I thought that the 30:30 interview day that I went to was a great experience that I would definitely consider doing again. It gave me a good look into what an interview situation would be like, each employer gave me good tips on what to say and what they look for themselves in employees which, I am sure will help me in the future.”- Sam

Business participants commented:

“As a business consultant I have to say that the students who I met had maturity beyond my expectations and aspirations towards their future careers that I considered exceptional”

Paul Andrews, CEO of Jobs in Kent, and compare for the day commented “It was a pleasure to be involved. What a fantastic, talented group of students. We had a great time on Wednesday networking with A level students at Longfield Academy. A huge thank you for inviting us and organising the event logistics and The FSB and Alison Parmar for marketing and organisation. A huge thank you to Deb & Di of DOM Education Group for their fabulous workshop on managing personal finances; we are very grateful for the support of the 18 businesses that attended. Most of all we were blown away by the attitude, engagement and ability of the students who joined us”


Sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to a highly useful event for our students